Thanks to a $50,000 grant from the York County Visitors Bureau and gifts from more than 500 alumni, parents, and friends, renovations will begin this summer to the Freeman Center Gymnasium, long-time home for Panther volleyball, basketball, and wrestling. The upgrades will improve the usability of this heavily used campus cornerstone for years to come.

“We are so thankful for the partnership of the community, local businesses, alumni, and many, many others who have joined together to make this investment in our campus,” said Jared Stark, vice president for athletics and enrollment. “These long-needed upgrades will mean a better experience for players and fans alike.”

Freeman Center updates will include new bleachers, a refinished playing floor, improved athletic training space, and more. The centerpiece of the project is replacement of the 45-year-old wooden bleachers creating a new look and a better, safer game experience for fans and players. Alumni response to the Freeman Bleacher Challenge, launched last fall, combined with community donations and the recent decision by the York County Visitors Bureau to provide a grant for the new bleachers has allowed the college to schedule installation for later this summer.

In a nod to the past, wood from the old bleachers will be used to create a donor honor wall. Because of the strong response, the honor wall will be spread over two walls near the building entrance. The Panther Honor Wall will recognize every individual and business who gave $55 or more to the project. Additional donations for the Freeman Center project will further enhance facility upgrades and donor names will be added to the Panther Honor Wall list through December 31.