Friday, April 3, 2009


Brevard, N.C. - Construction is now underway to triple the size of the Brevard College’s current free weight room facility, thanks to the Tornado Club. The expanded free weight room will offer 5,500 square feet of work out space and feature all of the latest weight training and conditioning equipment in an open, glass-wall setting.

The current free weight room, which is located in Boshamer Gymnasium, is being expanded to meet the needs of the college’s growing athletics program.  Over the past three years, Brevard College has added four varsity sports – football, cheerleading, cycling and women’s golf – and doubled its athletic participation.  Currently, more than 350 student-athletes participate in 18 varsity sports at the College.

The Brevard College Tornado Club, the fund-raising arm of the college’s athletics department, is providing all of the support for the expansion, according to College Athletic Director Kim Pate.

“This project is possible because of the overwhelming community support of Tornado Club members who have coordinated donations and discounted construction rates,” said Pate. “This expansion will be a tremendous benefit for our athletic program to meet the needs of our student-athletes.  It will also provide a recruiting advantage by offering a state-of-the-art facility comparable to those found not only within the South Atlantic Conference but also at Division I institutions.”

Pate added that the project will benefit the entire College as well.  Approximately 70 percent of all Brevard College students, and many faculty and staff, use the College’s current fitness and weight training facilities.

Phase one of the construction is now underway, which includes structural and general repairs. In phase two, the interior of the facility will be completed and the new flooring placed down. The final phase of the project will consist of moving and setting up the equipment from the old weight room as well as placing new equipment in the area.

“The Tornado Club has made the weight training facility a top priority for 2009,” said Jack Schneider, a member of the Tornado Club.  “The goal is to have the facility in operation this year. That goal is dependent on gifts, donations and membership dues from the Tornado Club. We encourage community members and businesses to help by joining the Tornado Club!”

Schneider added that several local companies and businessmen have been instrumental in helping with the project, including Denny Whitmire of Jerry T. Whitmire Grading; Tom Shipman of Big Empty Farm Excavating; Jason Fields of Sealing Agents; and Tom Cathey of Vulcan Materials.

This is the third capital project initiative that the Tornado Club has raised funds for since it was formed in 2006.  The Club also helped fund the new Brevard College electronic sign and renovation of the College’s main gym, including its new bleachers.

For more information on how to help or become a member of the Brevard Tornado Club, visit or call 828.884.8276.