As a fellow alumnus, I am writing to you hoping that many of you are already aware about a great new project underway at the University of Guelph. This letter is to share news about this tremendous undertaking; with 170,000 square foot expansion and renovation of the Mitchell Centre the potential for growth and community use is amazing.
The existing Mitchell Athletic Centre is the oldest and possibly most obsolete main athletic facility of any university in Ontario. Built in 1957 for a student population of 3,500, it is now nearly 60 years old and serves 16,000 active students, multiple intramural clubs and activities, over 120 community youth classes and 3,500 summer camp children. The new expansion and renovation now underway includes, among many other things, a 25,000 square foot fitness centre, social spaces, new locker rooms and a 2200 seat event centre capable of hosting multiple sporting events and other large capacity events such as convocation.
This project is driven by the leadership and vision of current Athletic Director Tom Kendall and his great team led by Bill Clausen. There is tremendous support from the entire University of Guelph community and support from students past, present and future. In 2009 student’s voted to fund this project and will continue to do so in the future. Many of the students who contributed have graduated; others will have graduated and contributed by the time the new centre is completed. I am so impressed by these students, by Tom, his team and the U of G community’s commitment to this project that I wanted to write and share it with you.
It is my belief that the differentiating element of a university education versus other post-secondary school choices is the integration it brings to so many meaningful life experiences and learning opportunities. The pursuit of a degree is at the forefront, but social development, the arts, music, technology, the exchange of ideas, political awareness and of course, physical activities and sports provide life changing moments while at university. The leadership, energy and commitment that the Department of Athletics has provided for the new and expanded centre will undoubtedly set the stage for life changing moments for our students. It will also elevate our campus, be a source of pride and benefit to alumni, the City of Guelph and the entire community.
I encourage you to visit the website www.buildingpotential.ca to learn more or to contact me (647-938-2022), firstname.lastname@example.org or Tom Kendall (519-824-4120 x 56593), email@example.com
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and for giving some thought to the new centre. It’s a great project and it will make a true difference to the University of Guelph.