April 26, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- This past Friday evening, April 19, the Wisconsin Athletic Development office and National W Club hosted 175 former football student-athletes for the Wisconsin Football Alumni Gathering and Facility Campaign.
The alums gathered in the McClain Center for the event as well as at the 2013 football spring game the following day. More than 400 former football student-athletes and their guests watched the game, cheering from the BMO Harris Bank Varsity Club in Camp Randall Stadium.
Wisconsin Football Head Coach Gary Andersen addressed the former players and thanked them for their support of the football program.
Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez also acknowledged the contributions of the football alumni, many of whom were former players under Alvarez. He spoke on how excited he was to have everyone back on campus, and updated the football alumni on the current Football Locker Alumni Campaign.
Currently, 36 former football student-athletes have gifted to the new football facilities and will have a plaque placed in recognition of their support in a current football player’s locker.
The final speaker of the evening, was former Wisconsin football player and four-time academic all-American, Don Davey. Davey expressed the importance of giving back to “this great university that gave me so much” and how playing for the Wisconsin, and getting a degree, has greatly helped him in his life to this day.
After the program concluded, alumni were invited to tour the newly renovated McClain Center and Student-Athlete Performance Center. Highlights of the Student-Athlete Performance Center include the Ron Leafblad Family Football Team Suite, which features player and coach locker rooms, a team lounge, equipment room, and hot/cold recovery pools.
Another highlight of the night was the unveiling of the new football strength and conditioning center, which features a 17,000 square-foot weight room, a nutrition bar, and cardio area. Other areas that were also included in the tour were the new sports medicine center, and the Olympic sports weight room.
Funding for the $86 million Student-Athlete Performance Center is ongoing, with the final phase to be completed in 2014. For more information about the Student-Athlete Performance Center and giving opportunities, please contact the Wisconsin Athletic Development Office at (608) 262-1000, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.SupportTheBadgers.org.