$250,000 gift to help build new weight room in athletics complex
Jan 15, 2008
The University of Toledo Athletic Department Jan. 14 announced a $250,000 gift from Charlie and Nancy Creech for the Building Champions Capital Campaign. A portion of the gift will go toward the construction of a new weight room in the athletics complex that is being built alongside Savage Hall on Main Campus.
“Charlie and Nancy Creech are great friends of UT and longtime supporters of our athletic teams,” said UT Athletic Director Mike O’Brien. “Their incredibly generous gift will have a big impact on our program. The new weight room will be a tremendous boost for our student-athletes and help them in their quest for athletic excellence. We are very grateful for Charlie and Nancy’s support of this important piece of the capital campaign.”
The Creeches have been fans of The University of Toledo for years. Charlie graduated with a degree in engineering in 1965. He played on the freshman basketball team in the 1959-60 season. Nancy is a 1972 graduated of the School of Education. She was a cheerleader during the glory years of the UT football teams that went 35-0 from 1969 to 1971. The Creeches are Rocket Fund donors, season ticket holders and Downtown Coaches Association members. Charlie is the current president of the association.
“The University has given me so much. I had a great time and many wonderful memories,” Charlie said. “I’m just happy to be able to give a little bit back.”
“We are very happy to be able to make this contribution for Savage Hall,” Nancy said. “This project has been talked about for a long time, so it’s nice to see it happen. We’re glad we are able to help.”
O’Brien said the weight room will be 6,000-square-feet and will be located in the new athletics complex, which is under construction. It will feature all the latest weight training and conditioning equipment in a modern, glass-wall setting.
The $250,000 contribution from the Creeches is the most recent major gift in the Building Champions Athletics Capital Campaign that is raising funds for the construction of the athletics complex, the renovation of the Savage Hall arena and the construction of an indoor practice facility. In December, the University announced a $1 million gift from Hail and Susan Fetterman that was earmarked for the construction of an indoor practice facility. The overall campaign was kicked off in July 2006 by a $5 million gift from Chuck and Jackie Sullivan.
The athletics complex and renovated arena is scheduled to open for the 2008-09 basketball season, while the indoor practice facility is set to debut in time for the 2009 football season.