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Murray Athletic Center
Posted 07/28/2014 12:00AM

The Lovett School has a proud history of fielding competitive teams in a multitude of sports. A record number of students, both boys and girls, participate in after-school athletics throughout Middle and Upper School. Many of these students, especially the girls, participate on teams and in sports that are comparatively new to Lovett. There is a downside, however—a shortage of athletic facilities for physical education, practice, and competition.

Located adjacent to the new Railey Field, a LEED-certified, 40,000-square-feet Athletic Center will be key to providing Lovett with the necessary spaces. We are pleased to report that this new facility will be named the Murray Athletic Center in honor of The Stuart and Eulene Murray Foundation, which has committed more than $5 million toward Lovett’s facilities in the Our Defining Decade campaign.

Plans include:

  • A small gymnasium named in honor of Coach Jim Glasser for wrestling, volleyball, and cheerleading practice, to free up Glover Gym for basketball, competitions, and physical education classes;
  • Student and staff locker rooms, to provide space for team meetings, personal storage, and personal dress;
  • A fitness and weight training center, to meet the increased fitness demands of our students—as well as to meet the wellness needs and improve the quality of life for our faculty and staff;
  • Equipment storage, to alleviate the problem of athletic equipment being housed in inappropriate and inconvenient spaces across campus, far away from where it is used;
  • Concession and restroom facilities, to serve spectators attending events on Railey Field;
  • Faculty/staff locker rooms; and
  • Support space for faculty, staff, and coaches.

“The new Murray Athletic Center will give our student-athletes the strength and conditioning resources that they deserve, enhancing their ability to train and perform in Lovett’s competitive sports environment.” – Steve Franks, Director of Athletic

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