Fresno, Calif. (KFSN) — The ribbon was officially cut on the new Morse Wittwer Athletic Performance Center at Fresno State, marking an investment in the future of the athletic department.
Dignitaries such as Fresno State president Saul Jimenez-Sandoval, Terri Toomey and senior AD Tim Collins attended Wednesday morning’s ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“It’s really amazing to have a place like this,” senior basketball player Anthony Holland said. “Not just for our team, but for everyone on this campus. A lot of guys already love it.”
The Morse Wittwer Performance Center is located inside the North Gym, named after the families of the donors, Chris & Michelle Morse & Ken & Kristi Wittwer, who made its construction possible with a $500,000 contribution.
“We’ve been supporting Fresno State athletics and academics for 10-15 years,” Morse said. “When Terry and Tim presented this opportunity to help all 400 student-athletes, we thought it was a great opportunity to impact all 400 of their lives.”
The Performance Center is complete with state-of-the-art weight training equipment and iPads equipped with advanced technology to track the student-athlete’s performance during practice.
The convenience that another exercise room on campus adds is huge; prior to the new training center, all 17 sports programs shared a gym located next to the Duncan football building.
“This is one of the best events that has happened to our basketball program and all of the student-athletes since I’ve been here – we have two weightlifting venues with all the intercollegiate teams,” Fresno State men’s basketball coach Justin Hutson said . – We’re catching up.
Jimenez-Sandoval said his initial reaction upon entering the facility was a simple but succinct “Wow.”
“We value our student-athletes,” Jimenez-Sandoval said, “because they are the university’s ambassadors to the world.”
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