FAYETTE, Iowa (December 1, 2012) – Upper Iowa University has launched a $250,000 fund-raising initiative to raise the bar for its strength and conditioning programs for student-athletes. Completion of the campaign will provide funds to expand and improve current training facilities in the UIU Dorman Gymnasium Building and to convert and equip the former wrestling room into additional training space.

“This initiative is another critical piece in our ascension in the NCAA Division II ranks. At this level, the infrastructure support areas for student-athletes, such as the strength and conditioning facilities, are vital to the overall success of an intercollegiate program,” said UIU Athletics Director David Miller. “The renovation includes new floors and new equipment in both the current weight room and the old wrestling space and increases our capacity to over 6,000 square feet.”

By enlarging the spaces available to student athletes, the project will reduce crowded conditions in the current weight-lifting spaces and update the current equipment, most of which is currently less than industry standard, Miller added. More student athletes will be able to better fit training into their academic schedules without adding the strain of irregular lifting schedules.

“This will provide a much more efficient and effective way to prepare our student athletes for competition,” added Assistant Football Coach Daniel Lemke, who serves as the Peacocks Strength and Conditioning Coach. “Instead of the athletic teams competing with each other for time and space in the current weight room, which often requires scheduling too late at night and too early in the morning, we will be able to have members of multiple teams training concurrently.”

Miller said the improved scheduling and improved equipment will result in better power, endurance, balance and speed of individual student-athletes, as well as reduce their risk of injury in and out of their competitive arenas.

“Our student-athletes are excited by the prospect of using the new facilities and equipment for their training,” Miller added. “We also are pleased that this project will ensure that equal opportunities for strength and conditioning training will exist for all student-athletes.”

About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs and leadership development opportunities to some 6,200 students—nationally and internationally—at its Fayette campus and learning centers worldwide. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and independent study. For more information, visit www.uiu.edu.

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