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Kendall Sports and Dance Complex
Pool Renovation and Scoreboard

A Gift to Mount Holyoke College and the Community
"The Joy of Swimming"
In Loving Memory of Fred W. Wilson
Husband of Andrea Ungar Wilson 1943

Kendall Hall's pool renovation was made possible by a generous gift from Mount Holyoke Trustee, David Wilson, made in memory of his father, Fred W. Wilson. His mother, Andrea Ungar Wilson, was a 1943 graduate of Mount Holyoke.

When asked about his father recently, Wilson said, "He was a man who believed in providing opportunity.  He would have loved the fact that this wonderful pool is used by the students and staff of Mount Holyoke, and that it is also shared with community members of all ages, who come to swim laps and stay healthy.  My father would have also liked the fact that faculty, staff, and community members have brought their children here to be taught to swim by members of the Mount Holyoke swim teama perfect example of the campus community and the community at large coming together."

 

Head Swimming Coach David Allen
Excerpt from the pool dedication

"...Besides the training aspects, there are a number of different ways that the renovations will help our program.  First is hosting larger championship meets.  We will be able to host our own NEWMAC (New England Women's and Men's Athletic) Conference Championships, which we are now in the rotation for 2011.  Before the project we were not a viable site and now we are. 

Also, seven months after we completed the project we hosted the Pioneer Valley Swim League Championships which allowed 1,200 swimmers (roughly 70% girls), ages 6-17 to compete in our pool over one weekend.  In addition to those 1,200 swimmers, each probably brought along 3-4 other people—parents, grandparents, and siblings.  So over this one weekend Mount Holyoke was in the spotlight for 4,000 to 5,000 people!  

We have also talked with the High School Athletic Association and are likely to host high school championship meets in the future.  It will certainly be nice to watch these meets and high school recruits from our own facility instead of going to Springfield College or Wellesley. Again, the exposure from these swimmers being on campus will no doubt have a positive effect on our recruiting and on Mount Holyoke College. 

David, we can not thank you enough for your support throughout this project and your dedication to making our pool a premier facility in Western Massachusetts and New England.  This addition will have long and profound impact on our program and the College. I am thrilled we are able to hang this plaque in honor of your father.

Thank you so much."

 

Related Links:

Photos of the Kendall Pool Dedication

Profile of David Wilson, Trustee, Mount Holyoke College

"Pool Facility Receives a Facelift," Friends of Athletics Newsletter, Spring/Summer 2008

 

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