Nearly 300 guests attended a ceremony at the Varsity Centre recently to help the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education mark a milestone in its development: the groundbreaking for the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport.
The facility will be located just south of the new Munk School on Devonshire Place, and will house international-level basketball and volleyball courts, an expanded David L. MacIntosh Sport Medicine Clinic, research labs, and a strength and fitness centre for U of T students. It creates a place where U of T’s growing list of partners – including the Canadian Sport Centre Ontario, Swim Canada and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport – will support the region’s top athletes.
“Researchers, grad students and sport medicine experts will connect with athletes, coaches and sport organizations to create a rich environment for studying, teaching, fostering and engaging in sport at the highest levels,” says Dean Ira Jacobs.
The Goldring Centre is supported by a lead donation from the Goldring family; Ron Kimel, whose gift will create the Kimel Family Field House within the complex; the late Gord Stollery, who donated $1 million for the Frank Blackstock Stollery Atrium; and the province. It’s scheduled to open in January 2015.