Athletic and Wellness Facilities Project Impact


Small Sports front entry rendering

The Athletic and Wellness Facilities Project has implications far beyond just Cornell athletics. Its wellness component will positively impact students’ growing mental health needs. And while it will have a direct effect on student-athlete recruitment, it also will improve retention among the entire student body. Increased enrollment and retention will further enhance the college’s financial strength, continuing to ensure that students have rich opportunities to gain a broad and deep education. 

At the end of the day, our vision is for Cornell’s athletics program and the Small Athletic and Wellness Center to be enduring strategic advantages for the college. Given the importance of a vibrant athletics program, we must continue to address this need to ensure that our student-athletes have the facilities needed to remain competitive, to succeed, and to thrive.

“Our student-athletes excel in so many ways, juggling not just rigorous academic expectations but challenging training schedules as well. As our athletics program has grown in recent years, coupled with today’s emphasis on health and fitness, the insufficiency of our facilities has become obvious. Our students and student-athletes really do expect and deserve high-caliber facilities that will allow them to excel in the classroom or on the court.”

Seth Wing, Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach


 Seth Wing, Director of Athletics and Head Baseball Coach
Scott Ririe '79 

“The Field House is pretty much the same as it was in the ’70s. It’s outdated and not up to being competitive with other facilities. I would love a facility that attracts more student-athletes to Cornell and creates an environment that students feel comfortable in and willing to participate in meaningful experiences. Having a state-of-the-art facility like this provides the opportunity for all students to contribute to their health and wellness.”  

-Scott Ririe ’79, Trustee & Project Lead Donor


“As an alumna, I am excited to see the current and future student-athletes get the upgraded facilities to help continue the success of our athletics program. It will help define the meaning of pride in being a Cornell Ram when student-athletes are able to say that they had the opportunity to experience and use this new state of the art facility as part of their college experience!”

-Jackie Sernak ’14, Head Softball Coach


    Jackie Sernek, Head Softball Coach