Our excellent coaches and competitive athletic teams are a vital and important element of our campus culture. Fifty-eight percent of students participate in recreational sports or intercollegiate athletics, and 29 percent of all recruited students are student-athletes. Not only do athletic programs benefit student recruitment, retention, and alumni engagement, data show that Division III student-athletes on average have significantly better time-management skills and more “leadership potential” than non-athletes. We will ensure that recruiting student-athletes remains a priority and that while at Trinity, student athletes receive ongoing support to balance their academic, athletic, and social commitments. We will investigate the sufficiency of the Bell Center and other facilities to ensure that we possess adequate campus resources to support student needs.
The William H. Bell Athletic Center is undergoing a $14.2 million renovation this year to meet the needs of a more health- and wellness-conscious culture, especially among students. A major driver of the renovation includes improved and expanded facilities that promote holistic wellness and fitness for the entire student population.
The most dramatic change to the Bell Center will be the addition of a two-level, glass-enclosed fitness center with a weight training facility and cardio fitness area to be constructed near the current main entrance. Approximately 8,200 square feet will be added to the northeast corner of the Bell Center. The new addition will be twice the size of the current weight and cardio facilities.
The Bell Center has seen tremendous growth in use by all Trinity students. The student-athlete population has grown from 200 in 1992 to more than 560 today. Additionally nearly 70 percent of the student body utilizes the Bell Center for intramural and recreational activities.
The plans also call for conversion of five of the seven racquetball/squash courts into a 4,000 square foot Olympic strength training room. “The new Tiger strength room will provide Trinity with a truly elite performance development center that will benefit all that walk through the doors,” said Jerheme Urban, Trinity’s head football coach.