BABSON PARK, Mass.—A picture-perfect day was greeted with close to a couple of hundred smiling faces during Thursday morning's Babson Recreation and Athletics Complex (BRAC) ribbon cutting ceremony on the south lawn of the Lamere Plaza.
The Centennial year gathering kicked off a day in which Babson is celebrating both Founder's Day, which dates back to 1947 and recognizes Roger W. Babson, founder and first president of Babson, and Make Your Mark, a day of giving that has become a worldwide celebration of the College community.
"This is fundamentally an investment in the health and well-being of our general student body and our campus community," said Babson Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Lawrence P. Ward.
"This building is a perfect example of Babson's perspective on the world," said Babson President Stephen Spinelli Jr. MBA'92. "We see life as a community in a more holistic way. We also see the manifestations of that community in a building like this as not just a recreation center, not just a learning space, but a community space for all of our functions to create value."
In addition to the official ribbon cutting ceremony of BRAC, there were mini ceremonies held at various spots throughout the facility, including the Lamere Plaza, Bravo Family Sports Medicine Suite, the Mr. Kenneth Romanzi '82 & Dr. Nancy Major Romanzi Rehabilitation Clinic, the Cross Family Athletics Excellence Suite and the Hintlian Family Golf Performance Center.
"This is a first-class, world-class facility that's going to help our athletic program in a myriad of ways," said Pamela P. and Brian M. Barefoot Senior Director of Athletics and Athletics Advancement Mike Lynch, "but more importantly this is a campus facility that is going to help every student here at Babson to have a better, richer, more transformative experience."
"There's about 400 student-athletes on campus, another 1,000 students who participate in club or intramurals," said former Babson Trustee David Lamere '82. "That's over 50% of the students who are already here on a regular basis, but the goal for this facility is 100% participation."
"During my time here at Babson, I have met and worked with some of the most passionate and driven students that always strive for success," said women's volleyball junior Gaby Miller. "That being said, in order to do well everyone must be well."