TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (September 19, 2017) – Tallahassee Community College will unveil the new Refreshment Services Pepsi & Vending Athletic Training Center on Thursday, September 21 inside the Bill Hebrock Eagledome.
The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. with a press conference followed by a ribbon-cutting and walk-through of the Eagles' new training room.
Announced in August 2016, the project, which formally began to take shape in late June, was made possible through a $50,000 gift from Refreshment Services Pepsi and a matching gift from the TCC Foundation's President's Circle.
Heather Mitchell, Vice President for Resource Development and Executive Director of the TCC Foundation, lauded the collaborative effort of both parties.
"We are very appreciative of the opportunity to partner with Refreshment Services Pepsi & Vending, who has been a long-time supporter of the College," said Mitchell. "At the same time, this couldn't have become a reality without the support of our President's Circle members, who enthusiastically backed this project."
Scott Cason, general manager, Refreshment Services Pepsi & Vending, echoed Mitchell's sentiments.
"Refreshment Services Pepsi & Vending is excited to see this facility come to life," Cason said. "It will enhance the student-athlete's experience and we are proud to be a partner with TCC to help bring this vision to fruition."
The new training room, which includes dedicated office space for the head trainer, totals 1,153 square feet, more than double the 503 square feet currently allocated for athletic training services.
"The role our training staff plays is paramount to the success of our student-athletes," said director of athletics Rob Chaney. "I'm thrilled that we have the opportunity to emphasize this facet of our program by providing the appropriate space and resources needed to deliver more efficient and more effective service to our student-athletes."
An improved location is another highlight of the facility, particularly when the facility hosts basketball events, be it youth, high school or college. Adjacent to the playing floor on the northeast corner of the Bill Hebrock Eagledome, the Eagles will have immediate access to the training room on their way to and from the locker room on game nights.
"This project represents a step forward for our program in so many ways," added Chaney. "Better service to our student-athletes and visiting teams, a better work environment for our training staff and, going forward, a facility that will open the door to more partnerships in the sports medicine community."