Lourdes University Recreation Center Groundbreaking

Posted Jul 30th, 2015 by Oriana Rife  Category: Arts & Entertainment, Toledo.com


Lourdes University President David J. Livingston, Ph.D., and Board of Trustees Chair Ernest C. Enrique proudly announce the groundbreaking ceremony of the Russell J. Ebeid Recreation Center which encompasses the second phase of its Mid-Campus Expansion project. The groundbreaking ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, at the Convent Blvd. entrance of the mid-campus in Sylvania, Ohio. Light refreshments will be served.

The Russell J. Ebeid Recreation Center will feature indoor competition-level basketball and volleyball courts, home and visiting locker rooms, training room, Gray Wolves suite, ticket office, concession area, two-story atrium with mezzanine level, spirit wall, and offices for coaches. Fitness components include cardio, yoga, free weight, aerobics and spinning rooms; locker rooms; and classrooms. The facility will open in fall 2016.

The nearly 49,000 square foot facility was designed by Stough & Stough Architects with an eye toward possible future expansion. Seating capacity for games is projected at 1,000.

The goal of the Mid-Campus Expansion was to connect the university’s academic and campus life facilities. The first phase established a lighted pathway and landscaped grounds, lacrosse and soccer practice fields, green space, a fire pit and spirit rock.

Russell J. Ebeid
A renowned world business leader and adamant supporter of higher education, Russell J. Ebeid is known at Lourdes University through his support of the Student Center in Delp Hall and the academic hall both named in his honor. Over the past four decades, Mr. Ebeid has lent his expertise and support to benefit countless causes. As Retired President of Guardian Glass Group, he aided the company in becoming a global powerhouse in the glass industry. “I am very pleased to provide the impetus for this facility since it is my belief that academics and athletics are the complementary attributes needed to develop our leaders of tomorrow in this competitive world,” says Mr. Ebeid.

The Capital Campaign
The establishment of the Russell J. Ebeid Recreation Center marks the final stage of Lourdes University’s $10 million capital campaign. Additional components of the capital campaign included the creation of a dining hall, $4.2M in endowed chairs, professorships and scholarships for business, education, nursing, and theological studies; and $1.4M in program funding.

Funding for the $6.5M Russell J. Ebeid Recreation Center is provided in part through donations and bond financing.

Lourdes University Athletics Program
Lourdes University Gray Wolves teams compete in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Headquartered in Kansas City, MO, NAIA is a governing body of small athletics programs dedicated to character-driven athletics. Since 1937, the NAIA has administered programs and championships in proper balance with the overall college educational experience. Each year, more than 60,000 student-athletes have the opportunity to play college sports at NAIA member institutions.

Rooted in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, Lourdes University offers baccalaureate degrees in more than 30 academic majors as well as graduate degrees in business, education, liberal studies, nursing, organizational leadership, and theology. Community outreach programs include the Appold Planetarium, the Center for Science Education & the Environment, and Lifelong Learning. A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Lourdes students can also compete in a variety of men’s and women’s sports. Named a “Best in the Midwest” college by the Princeton Review, Lourdes University is a nationally accredited, veteran and transfer-friendly institution offering a variety of student scholarships. Explore the possibilities online at www.lourdes.edu or by phone at 419-885-3211.

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