University Relations // 12.15.17
A promise made two years ago became reality last month with the opening of the new Angie and Sam Kelly Strength and Conditioning Center at Charleston Southern University. In November 2015, Sam and Angie Kelly of Greenville announced a donation to fund a new strength and conditioning center for CSU student-athletes.
At the 2015 Homecoming announcement, Mr. Kelly stressed to the Buccaneer football team, “Strength conditioning is probably the most important thing from an athletic standpoint. I want to give you the best.”
On Wednesday, December 6, Sam and Angie toured the new center for the first time. “We’re very proud of what CSU has accomplished here,“ the Kellys said of the new facility.
The weight room houses a brand-new nutrition bar available to all CSU student-athletes. It features grab-and-go items including smoothies and supplements, as well as various healthy food options throughout the day. The strength and conditioning staff and student-workers will keep the nutrition bar open following late practices to ensure that all athletes have options for snacks, food and recovery to keep the Bucs in prime condition for athletic competition.
The donation for the strength and conditioning center encouraged CSU to build a new athletic building to house the center. Built adjacent to the Buccaneer Basketball Field House, the Athletic Performance Center will become "the new home of Buccaneer football." The Athletic Performance Center combines the new 5,000-square-foot strength and conditioning center and 3,000-square-feet for meeting and office space for the football program. These new amenities will enhance student-athlete wellness and provide the CSU football program a competitive advantage in recruiting.
“The Angie and Sam Kelly Strength and Conditioning Center will be a huge benefit to our student-athletes,” Dr. Jairy Hunter said. “These beautiful facilities are made possible by Sam and Angie Kelly, other donors and our football team. We are grateful for everyone’s support.”
The new Performance Center effectively doubles the size and capabilities of the current weight room, with state-of-the-art Sorinex equipment and amenities. The meeting area accommodates strength coach offices, offensive and defensive team meeting spaces, and film review and tutoring sessions.
The Kellys have a heart for student athletics at Christian universities throughout South Carolina, including CSU and North Greenville University, and plans to support Anderson University in a similar capacity. The Kellys also supported Sam’s alma mater, Georgia Tech, with a sports performance facility.
Mr. Kelly is passionate about providing for both the physical and spiritual needs for students. “Now there’s a nice place for the [student-athletes] to come and learn,” he said. “One of the things I’d like to put on the wall in here is Luke 12:48.”
From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded;
and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
Chad Scott, director of strength and conditioning at CSU, said that 200-300 of CSU student-athletes are using the center every day. “We’re really excited moving forward,” he said. “From a recruiting standpoint, it’s amazing to see the eyes [of recruits] wide open when they walk through the door. From our players, there’s a sense of gratitude, and there’s also a sense of heightened expectation. An expectation not only to grow as an athlete but as a person.”