Changing the game for Gonzaga student-athletes


“We have seen immediate accomplishments from each of the programs already,” said Gonzaga’s athletic director, Mike Roth, at the dedication of the Stevens Center. “It’s no longer ‘build it and they will come.’ It is now ‘build it and they will win.’”

Officially dedicated in April of 2014, the Stevens Center is a state-of-the-art indoor tennis and golf facility that was made possible by the generosity of benefactors Jim and Sharon Stevens and Jim (’79) and Gwen Powers. Six regulation tennis courts, a golf practice area, modern locker and training rooms, a team lounge, offices and balcony seating fill the 72,000-square-foot facility.

“This is truly a realization of a dream,” stated Gonzaga President Thayne M. McCulloh, D. Phil at the Stevens Center dedication in 2014. “Today is a special day for us to appreciate how beautiful this facility is and how much this can impact our student-athletes. This will help prepare our student-athletes for continued success and provide a real home for these programs.”

The Stevens and Powers families, along with Carl and Lori Grether; Pat and Sandy Volkar; John and Nancy Rudolf; John and Joan Bollier, and Bill and Judi Williams, made considerable contributions so that the Stevens Center could be the premiere tennis and golf facility on the West Coast. See the full story to learn what inspired them to give so generously.


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