The Blue Hose women’s lacrosse team has had to use several different spaces on campus for team meetings, film sessions and team-building activities. This is about to change thanks to generous donors.
The P.E. classroom in Templeton Center, the space in the Marby-Smith-Yonce Center, and the home locker room in the Yonce Field House are three of the spaces Coach Eric Clakeley and the team have gathered to prepare for games.
A “humbling” gift
A recent gift to the women’s lacrosse program will be used to transform a space in Templeton Center into the Lacrosse Meeting Room. Renovations are already underway, and the project is scheduled to be completed this spring.
“Our athletes take pride in the work they do for our program,” said Eric Clakeley, head coach of the Blue Hose women’s lacrosse team. “Having the lacrosse team meeting room as a result of the generosity of donors is humbling.
“The program and I are incredibly grateful for this gift allowing us to renovate the space into a state-of-the art meeting and film facility.”
The new meeting room
The renovated meeting room will be located in the lower classroom, just outside the gym in Templeton Center.
Once complete, the space will be used for pre-practice team meetings, film sessions, scouting reports and team-building activities when appropriate, according to Clakeley.
When not in use by the women’s lacrosse team, the room’s features and layout were designed so the meeting room can also continue to serve as the athletic department’s conference room, an athletic event hospitality room, and a position meeting room for the football program.
“To have a space of this caliber where our athletes can learn, develop and grow stronger bonds is incredible,” he said.
The women’s lacrosse team has been on campus and training since mid-January. They will begin their season in a conference game against Winthrop on February 14.
Committed to student success
The new meeting room will provide much-needed space for the team. Still, the significance of the gift means more than ensuring the team has a place to meet, according to Anna-Bradley Schoenfeld, a major gifts officer in PC’s Office of Advancement.
“When PC supporters contribute to the College philanthropically, they are not only helping us meet the needs of our students, but they are inspiring them as well,” she said.
“Gifts like these validate our students and their commitment to success.”