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Pacific Lutheran University

Olson Locker Room Remodel

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students per year will benefit

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Teams had a fall and J-term cumulative GPA above a 3.0

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Hours of community service

Vision

of the project

Athletic experiences increasingly play a critical role in recruiting and retaining the best students. Every day, our coaches identify, recruit and develop the next generation of Lutes. In the highly competitive world of collegiate recruiting, every touchpoint matters.

Athletic facilities are critical spaces for delivering a high-quality athletics experience.

Now is the time in our University’s history to envision a strategic investment in our students and student-athletes that will transform our commitment to wellness and athletics.

Thanks to the funds dedicated by the university and over 200 alumni, family and friends who have already made their gift to the reimagined locker room — the old lockers are out, the demolition is done, and the re-construction is well underway.

We still need your help. Student-athletes will be moving into the new locker room on August 15 – but we need you! You still have the chance to be a part of this exciting project. Help us modernize the PLU locker rooms today.

Brant McAdams, PLU Head Football Coach
Brant McAdams
Head Football Coach

A new locker room immediately helps our program attract the best student-athletes who are deciding between a host of other universities. A re-imagined locker room creates an inviting atmosphere that our players have access to year-round and are proud to call their own. The ability to attract and develop high-achieving student-athletes is one mark of a championship program.

- Brant McAdams, Head Football Coach

Adam Frye, PLU Head Track & Field and Cross Country Coach
Adam Frye
Head Track & Field and Cross Country Coach

Upgrading the locker room would not only enhance the experience of our current student-athletes, but help us attract new Lutes. This project would provide a huge boost to our “curb appeal” and meet the expectations of today’s prospective students.

- Adam Frye, Head Track & Field and Cross Country Coach

Updates

Pictures of Progress

Great news! The outdated locker room for PLU Football, Track & Field and Cross Country is being updated. You can help make this project a reality with your gift today! Your gift will remind the student-athletes of today and tomorrow about the shoulders they stand on.

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Square foot renovation

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New lockers

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Shower stalls

Scope

of the project

The large locker room in Olson Auditorium serves as the primary home for the Lute Football, Cross-Country and Track & Field teams. It is used daily by over 150 student-athletes. This project will completely renovate and modernize the men’s football, cross country, and track and field locker rooms. This 3,675 square foot renovation includes 133 new lockers, 10 shower stalls, and a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.

The current locker room at PLUA mockup design of the new locker rooms at PLU

Timeline

Timeline

1946

Marv Harshman

Marv Harshman ’42, one of PLU’s greatest athletes of all time, returns to PLU as a coach. Harshman coached basketball, football and track.

1969

Olson Auditorium groundbreaking

Clifford Olson, who coached many sports and served as Athletic Director between 1929 and 1947, attends the groundbreaking of the new Olson Auditorium. Lockers and showers are installed that will remain in Olson for the next 50 years.

1972

The Westering Era

The Westering Era begins when Forrest “Frosty” Westering is named PLU’s 7th Head Football Coach. Frosty’s son and long time Offensive Coordinator, Scott Westering, was named the 8th Head Coach in 2004. During the Westering Era, the Lutes won 4 national titles, 8 Northwest Conference titles, and appeared in 21 NCAA and NAIA tournaments.

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Anticipated Cost

Cost

of the project

Investment in renovated wellness and athletic facilities is a top priority for the PLU Board of Regents and Administration. As such, $500,000 has been dedicated in 2019-20 as a challenge grant to partially fund this project. We invite our funding partners and alumni to match this amount and make these investments possible this year.

Wes Nixon ‘21, Football and Track & Field Athlete
Wes Nixon ‘21
Football and Track & Field Athlete

As a two sport football/track & field athlete at PLU, this locker room renovation is extremely exciting! The impact that a new facility will make on recruiting and the four year athletic experience is immeasurable. It is also extremely encouraging to know that this facility upgrade is a product of both university AND alumni support! I can’t wait to sit in my locker this fall! Go Lutes!

- Wes Nixon ‘21, Football and Track & Field Athlete

Total amount raised

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Give

How

can you help?

Thanks to the funds dedicated by the university and over 200 alumni, family and friends who have already made their gift to the reimagined locker room — the old lockers are out, the demolition is done, and the re-construction is well underway.

We still need your help. Student-athletes will be moving into the new locker room on August 15 – but there is money left to be raised! You still have the chance to be a part of this exciting project. Help us modernize the PLU locker rooms today.

Gifts of all sizes matter. Your gift, no matter the size, will remind current and future student-athletes the names of the PLU athletes whose shoulders they stand on and may even encourage them to give a gift to help future athletes one day.

Name your locker

How

it works

You can sponsor a locker — dedicate it to a student or alumni athlete, parents (who supported your athletic career), a particular team or mentor. OR, you can go in on a locker with others from your class, your fellow captains, your group of friends/housemates or even your position group. The options are endless but the time is NOW!

The naming right for each locker is $2,500, payable all at once or in installments up to three years. Lockers are available on a first-come, first-served basis (determined by the date a commitment is received) until all 133 lockers are reserved.

Locker name plaque
The naming plaque can include donor name(s), graduation year (if applicable), player number (if applicable), and “in honor of” or “in memory of” recognition for an individual or individuals only.

Lockers Reserved

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