More than 750 of the 3,500-plus students who enrolled at St. Ambrose this year were student-athletes. More than 35 percent of undergraduates and more than half of first-year students are members of our 23 varsity athletics teams.
Building a new wellness and recreation center is our first priority to address the need for significant upgrades to wellness, recreation and athletics-related facilities at St. Ambrose.
Athletics teams currently must share available space with intramural sports groups and academic classes. The current PE Center is the only on-campus facility to serve all of their needs-requiring athletes to use off-campus practice and competition options at the former Marycrest campus, Brady Street stadium, the Ambrose Dome and many other locations. Despite these challenges, Fighting Bees teams have continued to excel on the field and court.
An impressive catalog of first-class academic offerings and state-of-the-art residential halls are major assets in recruiting athletes and non-athletes alike. But wellness and athletics are the "third leg" of recruitment, and currently St. Ambrose does not have quality facilities to match the talent and dedication of our Fighting Bees student-athletes.