The game-winning shot. The rally cries from the dugout. The game-preserving defensive stop. The exchange of the baton. Red and white. "Hoo-rah!"
Teamwork ... It is the backbone of the Central spirit that defines what it means to be Forever Dutch.
Now more than ever, we need you—the Forever Dutch family—to help continue Central's legacy of supporting successful students.
“Game changers.” That’s what Eric Van Kley, Central’s athletics director, calls the renovation of the A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex facilities. This builds off the momentum, excitement and energy of the expansion of P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium. With modern functionality and appearance, this will bring necessary renovations to several areas:
The locker rooms were constructed for an all-male, eight-sport program that served 202 athletes in 1969. Central now boasts a 19-sport program for nearly 750 male and female student-athletes. The original locker rooms need to be transformed into a spacious facilities for every team mirroring the new varsity locker room that was part of the expansion.
The athletic training room will expand more than 30 percent, eliminating overcrowding in treatment areas that requires utilizing hallways and floor spaces. The modernized facility will also enhance the educational value for athletic training students.
With the construction of a reception area, student-athletes needing athletic training services during peak times will no longer need to wait on hallway floors and impede traffic flow. A new multi-purpose team space will also be constructed to utilize for video review, team activities and recruiting.
Two suites overlooking the gymnasium competition floor will provide space to host events and entertain students, alumni and top recruits.
Our nationally-recognized coaching staff members get the best out of their athletes, so they deserve the best office environment to maximize their work and provide hospitality to recruits and families.
The main athletics department reception area will provide an open and inviting space students, prospective students, families and other visitors.
More than trophies and titles, a Central College education changes lives. Facilities can enhance Central's ability to attract students and, ultimately, to serve them.
I came to Central to become a better player. I am leaving as a better person. Karly Olson '17
Iowa Conference Softball Pitcher of the Year
The descendants of Pella Corporation founder P.H. “Pete” Kuyper, along with their family foundations, teamed for a transformational $4.2-million gift for the Forever Dutch initiative, the largest gift in Central’s 164-year history.
The donation included a lead gift from the late M. Joan Farver, former chair of Pella Corporation and long-time Central trustee. Joan, who passed away Feb. 27, 2017, at the age of 97, was the daughter of P.H. Kuyper. The new atrium is named in her honor – the M. Joan Kuyper Farver Atrium, adding her name to those of other prominent family members. The A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex is named for Farver’s grandfather, while H.S. Kuyper Fieldhouse carries the name of her brother.