Oct. 7, 2011
FRESNO, Calif. --- On Friday afternoon, Fresno State Athletics held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Meyers Family Sports Medicine Center. The initiation of the $6 million capital project symbolizes the Bulldogs' strong commitment to create and continually enhance the best possible "student-athlete experience" at Fresno State.
"We are extremely grateful to the Meyers Family and all the project benefactors for their tremendous leadership and generosity," Director of Athletics Thomas Boeh said. "No single athletics facility will have a more consistent positive impact upon the physical well-being and daily lives of all 425 Bulldog student-athletes."
The tailgate-style ceremony featured a preview of the unique and essential facility developed for preventative medicine, nutritional counseling, physician examination, injury treatment, on-site x-ray and rehabilitation services. The center will serve as a cornerstone of Fresno State's "Student-Athlete Village," designed to centralize several student-athlete support functions, including sports medicine, academic counseling, strength and conditioning, nutrition education, and equipment services within a single secure location.
"Today is a great day for our university, athletic department, coaches and most importantly our student athletes because they are the ones that will benefit from this wonderful facility," University President John Welty said.
Marvin Meyers, a Fresno State alumnus, along with his son, Greg, have owned and operated Meyers Farm Family Trust and Oxford Farms, Inc. since 1982. He also established an innovative water banking project in the late 1990s that draws an array of wildlife and has become an educational resource for student and teacher education on wildlife habitat and water conservation. In November of 2010, Meyers was named the Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce Agriculturist of the Year.
"What makes me most proud is how many young people we will affect and how we will help with recruiting for our athletics," Meyers said. "It's been delightful to meet the young student athletes. As an old guy, it lifts me up to see young people getting after what they want to do."
Meyers' vision centers around helping elevate the entire department, one shared by the sports medicine professionals who work daily to put the Bulldogs in a position to succeed on and off the field.
"This facility will allow our staff and team physicians to come together under one roof and collaborate on the common goal of providing outstanding medical care to our student-athletes," Director of Athletic Training Kelli Eberlein said. "Our Bulldog student-athletes will be presented with an opportunity to prepare and recover in a first-class facility on a daily basis."
"An athletic training building isn't just as place where you tape people up," Dr. Eric Hanson said. "There is so much more that goes into what we do. We are going to be able to provide a higher quality of care to our athletes and greater education to our students because of this facility."
The privately funded project is being made possible by the Meyers Family and other major benefactors, including Brian and Rosie Panish, Melinda and Herb Depp, Eric and Darlene Hanson, Valley Unique Electric, and NykelBam International, LLC. Fundraising for the center is 92 percent complete and construction is scheduled to begin in the coming months.
"I hope someday my family can come visit and realize that we did something good for the community and for Fresno State," Meyers said.
The Meyers Family Sports Medicine Center: The Cornerstone of the Student-Athlete Village
10,000 Square Foot State-of-the-Art Facility
First-Class Rehabilitation Equipment
Ample Treatment Space
Physician Examination & Diagnosis
Nutrition Education Area
"We Are Your Team!" - To donate to the Bulldog Foundation, you can call 559-278-7160. You can learn more about our capital projects at www.bulldogfoundation.org