Gillom Sports Center
In the spring of 1996, ground was broken for the construction of a new multi-sport facility, and in July 1997, the complex, the Gillom Sports Center, ushered in a new era in women's athletics at Ole Miss. Read More
The mission of the University of Mississippi Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is to advance the Universitys role as a major comprehensive institution of higher learning dedicated to teaching, research, and service. The Department will produce competitive and entertaining athletic teams, by recruiting qualified student-athletes, coaches and staff from diverse backgrounds, providing equal opportunities regardless of ethnicity or gender. The Department will prepare student-athletes to be productive members of society by assisting in their development of academic, athletic, social, and leadership skills within an environment which fosters integrity, sportsmanship, and emotional, physical, and mental well being.
About Student-Athlete Academic Support
FedEx Corporation announced on April 14, 2005 a $2.5 million gift over five years to the University of Mississippi to create an academic support center for student-athletes. In May 2007, the vision became reality as the FedEx Student-Athlete Academic Support Center opened its doors to Rebel athletes.
The center provides state-of-the-art computer facilities and space for study halls and tutoring for student-athletes, as well as additional classrooms for all students.
“FedEx has always been a strong supporter of educational initiatives at all levels,” said Mike Glenn, executive vice president, marketing development and corporate communications. “This contribution to the University of Mississippi is an extension of our commitment to helping improve the academic resources available to students, and student-athletes in particular.”
Glenn said FedEx and Ole Miss are committed to providing a strong academic foundation to enable students to reach their full potential.
The money has been used to renovate a portion of the Starnes Athletic Center-which formerly housed football locker rooms, a weight room and training facilities-next to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on All-American Drive. The 22,500-square-foot building now houses the Office of Student-Athlete Academic Support, including offices, conference rooms, 20 large and small group tutoring rooms, a large study area, a multi-media classroom, computer lab and 150-seat high-tech auditorium. The project was completed in May 2007 with an approximate cost of $5 million.
In accepting the FedEx gift, university officials said the new center provides an important link in the universitys goal to compete at the highest level in every aspect of its intercollegiate programs.
The Centers front-line technology and classroom environment provide our student-athletes one of the best learning environments in the country.”
In addition to its latest gift to the university, FedEx supports several endowed scholarship programs, the Whitten Chair in Law, the Lott Leadership Institute, the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation and William Faulkners historic home, Rowan Oak.