Whitworth Athletics, affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) at the division III level and a member of the Northwest Conference (NWC), offers 20 varsity sports. In the last 20 years, more than 100 of our athletes have received All-America recognition and more than 200 have been recognized for their academic achievements, and fully 25% of our traditional undergraduate population is involved in varsity athletics.
Whitworth’s mission as a Christian liberal arts institution is emphasized in its athletics program: Student-athletes are encouraged to participate fully in the academic, spiritual and social life of the campus, and Whitworth coaches are chosen for their effectiveness as teachers and mentors as well as for their athletic knowledge and ability. We at Whitworth take great pride in the athletic accomplishments of our students; we strive to equip our student-athletes to excel in sports, in academics, and in life.
Your Gift Makes a Difference
Whitworth’s athletic teams always strive to finish at the top of the Northwest Conference standings and qualify for NCAA post-season competition. The school provides a number of resources to its athletes to meet those goals, including top-notch coaches and excellent facilities. But most of those coaches have been housed in sub-par office space in five different buildings, including seventy-year-old Graves Gymnasium.
The Athletics Leadership Center will serve as the first phase of a new home for Pirate Athletics, and will include new offices for nearly all of our coaching staff, as well as a lower floor devoted to football locker rooms, offices and flexible meeting space.
Your support of this estimated $12 million project will provide immediate help for the entire athletic program, as this facility will offer something for every one of our varsity teams, include dedicated rooms for coaches to meet with recruits and a beautiful new “front door” for Pirate athletics.
The new Athletics Leadership Center will sit across from the Fieldhouse near the current lower tennis courts. This view of the main entrance shows the relationship to the Pine Bowl.
The ALC will feature three distinct floors of offices and auxiliary spaces. The top two floors will house the athletics department leadership team and coaches for all sports except swimming. The lower floor will house the new football locker room, coaches’ locker rooms, and a large team room that can be divided into smaller space as needed.
The front of the ALC. Main entrance is on the second floor, as the lower floor for football and team spaces sits below the grade.
From the northwest, you can see the lower level main entry to football locker room and team space, as well as the second level outdoor courtyard spaces that will allow for warm weather programming in the fall and spring.
The lower floor of the new facility. Locker room on the left and team room on the right.
The new football locker room will hold 130 lockers and the spoke array will allow for better sightlines toward the front of the room.
Main floor. Entrance is on the left.
The main lobby will be a welcoming location for prospective athletes and their families and current student-athletes. The story of Whitworth athletics will be on display throughout the building, but nowhere more prominently than on the massive video wall shown here.
The top floor of the building will feature views of fields and facilities alike.
The second floor of the building will feature an open cutout to the floor below. Numerous windows in the facility provide natural light and extensive views of athletics facilities.
The north side of the building from the lower level shows the location in relation to the Fieldhouse.
The south side of the building (which will eventually become the north wall of the new arena). Notice the two perch lounges on the top two floors.
This shows the view from the top floor of the new building look north to the Pine Bowl. Graves Gym is not being removed as part of this project, but is not shown here.
This shows the same location on the top floor as it will eventually overlook the new arena. This second phase of the project represents a long-term goal.
It’s game night in the new arena! This conceptual rendering shows the future phase two facility and how it will fit seamlessly with the Athletics Leadership Center.