Tulane Athletics announces plans for Slatten Family Strength Center

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Green Wave Club Raises $1.2 million for upcoming project

NEW ORLEANS – Tulane University Athletics announced today construction plans for the department’s new state-of-the-art Slatten Family Strength Center.

The $1.2 million dollar project will significantly enhance Tulane’s primary weight room located inside the James W. Wilson, Jr. Center and will serve the needs of the Green Wave’s sport programs.

“Tulane Athletics has played a significant role in our family’s lives for nearly half a century,” Scott Slatten said. “Our family could not be more excited to support Tulane student-athletes through this endeavor, so that they can achieve their goals in competition and realize their championship aspirations.”

The Slatten Family Strength Center will feature all new equipment that will be customized specifically for Tulane student-athletes.

“The addition of the Slatten Family Strength Center will play a significant role to our student-athletes as they continue to raise the standard for Tulane University athletics,” Ben Weiner Director of Athletics Troy Dannen said. “Our entire athletics department will benefit from this project and we are tremendously thankful to the Slatten Family and many others for their commitment to Tulane Athletics.”

In addition, the facility will undergo numerous structural enhancements, which include a higher ceiling, a new floor, a new lighting system, new windows to allow more natural light, a reconfigured office space for the strength and conditioning coaches and staff as well as additional storage space.

In addition to the Slatten family’s lead gift, over 50 Green Wave Club donors contributed to the project, including Tulane alum and football letterwinner Elmer Smith, who also made a significant contribution to the department’s new state-of-the-art facility.

“The enhancements to the Slatten Family Strength and Conditioning Center truly shows the commitment to our student-athletes and provides them with the necessary tools to achieve excellence,” Director of Strength and Conditioning Kyle Speer said. “I can’t thank the Slatten Family and our supporters enough for their donations to make this project become a reality.”

Tulane Athletics will begin construction this spring and will conclude the project before the start of preseason fall camps.

The Slatten Family Strength Center was designed by the New Orleans-based Sizeler Thompson Brown Architects Group, which has served the local community for nearly 40 years.

“This project is a clear representation that there is strong momentum for Tulane Athletics,” Associate AD for Development Garrett Broom said. “The commitment of the Slatten Family, Elmer Smith and our supporters has been transformational and has laid the groundwork for future projects.”

For more information on how to make a gift for future Tulane projects, visit GreenWaveClub.com or call the Green Wave Club at (504) 865-5356.

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