SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The Stephen C. and Patricia A. Schott Athletic Excellence Center, a state-of-the-art training facility, was dedicated in a ceremony on Tuesday on McCarthy Plaza in front of the facility.
Santa Clara Hall of Famer and National Champion Danielle Slaton emceed the event in front of donors and VIPs. Participating in the program were Steve and Pat Schott, Mary and Mark Stevens, John M. and Timi Sobrato, Vickie Poitevin, Gary Filizetti, and Bronco Bench Foundation president Angie Robbiano.
Director of athletics Renee Baumgartner, acting university president Lisa Kloppenberg, and the Schotts made remarks with Father Jack Treacy blessing the building.
"Today is one of the most monumental days in the history of Santa Clara Athletics," Baumgartner said. "The Athletic Excellence Center will be a game-changer. Winning takes a great team and we have a dream team that made this building a reality. This gives us the foundation to build the mind, body, and spirit of not just our current student-athletes, but our future student-athletes as well."
The $37 million, 50,000-square-foot facility, which is adjacent to Leavey Center, opened for student-athlete training during the 2020-21 academic year, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic an official opening was delayed.
The two-story facility features the 4,200-square-foot Stevens Academic Center, the 9,000-square-foot Bronco Bench Foundation Sports Performance Center, an 8,000-square-foot sports medicine center, the William J. and Pamela G. Connolly Fuel Station (nutrition center) and two practice gyms - John and Timi Sobrato Gymnasium (Dick Davey Court) and Rambis Family Gymnasium (Carroll Williams Court).
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