Alksnis Athletics & Recreation Building  



Aquinas College Kicks Off Phase II of the Sports & Fitness Center

Lead gift of $1.5 million from the Alksnis Family

(Grand Rapids, Mich. July 2012) - Aquinas College will begin Phase II of the Sports & Fitness Center with the ground breaking ceremony scheduled for this fall.

“Aquinas College is grateful to Greg ‘71 and Sally Alksnis for their unwavering support and commitment to the college and its students,” said Dr. Juan R. Olivarez, president of Aquinas College. “Their generous lead gift of $1.5 million to Phase II of the Sports & Fitness Center will benefit the athletes, the total student body, and the Aquinas and broader community today and in to the future.” President Olivarez stated, “We are proud to name the new facility after the Alksnis family.”
The Sports & Fitness Center, which has been a long-time dream of the college for its students, now will become a reality upon the completion of the 70,000 square feet facility. Currently, many of the Aquinas College athletic teams have been practicing and playing off campus.  It is anticipated that the project could be completed within a year.
Phase II will provide space for:
  • 200 meter, NCAA-certified track with all of the amenities for track and field events
  • wooden floor courts for basketball, volleyball, cheerleading and dance
  • practice areas for baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, golf and intramurals
  • extensive curtaining system will allow for multiple uses simultaneously

“Aquinas College provided the opportunity for me to develop in body, mind and spirit,” said Greg Alksnis (pictured at right). “It has been my desire to support Aquinas in its commitment to promote a healthy competitive spirit in its students along with the value of maintaining a healthy body throughout their lives.”


He added, “I owe much gratitude to my parents who instilled in me a strong work ethic which was nurtured further during my years as an Aquinas student and athlete. I am proud that in recognition of my parents the new facility will bear the Alksnis name.”

The Sturrus Center (Phase I) was completed in September of 2010 and included:

  • New reoriented basketball court (new telescopic bleacher seating for 2,000)
  • Fitness Center
  • AQ Hall of Fame
  • Three classrooms
  • Main floor NATA-certified Athletic training facility
  • Coaching offices (12)
  • Large Conference room
  • Hospitality Room (Saints Room)
  • New main floor locker rooms
  • New main floor laundry room
  • Additional storage areas