Morris family honored by naming Olympic training center

MANHATTAN, Kansas – In appreciation of their long-time support of K-State Athletics, Director of Athletics Gene Taylor announced today that the new Olympic Training Facility will be permanently named the Morris Family Olympic Training Center in honor of the Jim Bob Morris family, pending approval from the Kansas Board of Regents.

A native of Bloomington, IL, Morris provided the lead philanthropic donation to support the new K-State Olympic Training Center, which began in December 2021 and is expected to open in time for the 2023 season.

“This will be a world-class facility that will benefit many Wildcat student-athletes and our family is extremely excited to help make this a reality,” said Morris. “For all student Olympic athletes, having their own training facility is a critical step in providing K-State student-athletes with a first-class experience and having our name on the building is a huge honor.”

The training center will dramatically enhance the student-athlete experience with a state-of-the-art mental health and wellness space, nutrition and refueling station, sports medicine rehabilitation space, and more. a 14,000 square foot strength and conditioning center.

“Today is an exciting day as we honor Jim Bob Morris for his major gift to our new Olympic Training Facility and the Creating Champions initiative,” Taylor said. “The Morris family has taken the lead in making this project a reality, and the impact their donation will have on our student-athletes, coaches and support staff is immeasurable. This new facility will help provide our programs with a national recruitment center. giving our student-athletes the space and equipment they need to compete at the highest level. We cannot thank Jim Bob and the entire Morris family enough for their commitment to delivering excellence in Kansas State.

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