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The Leon Levine Foundation of Charlotte has awarded a grant of $7.5 million to name the Levine Center for Wellness and Recreation at Queens University of Charlotte. The gift -the largest from a foundation in the university's history- will name a $30 million multipurpose facility that is the largest single project in the "Investing in Queens' Future" capital campaign. 

"For decades, Queens University of Charlotte has helped to set the bar of academic excellence in our community," said Leon Levine, chairman of The Leon Levine Foundation. "A recreation center for students will enhance the university's appeal. The talented faculty and staff continue to build a first-class university, and this new facility will help draw top caliber students to this important institution."

Queens' President Pamela Davies said the new center will be a tremendous asset to the campus community.

"When we initially planned the capital campaign, it focused heavily on academic facilities, because our board recognized this as our top priority," she said.  "But the board also understood the vital role of wellness and recreational facilities, and agreed that we should add such a center to the campaign if we could find a visionary donor to make the lead gift."

The Levines have been Queens supporters for more than a decade. Their gifts have supported the Queens Fund, The Learning Society at Queens, building refurbishment, financial aid and now the new Levine Center.

"We are thrilled that the Levine Foundation, with a long record of supporting health and wellness projects, has stepped forward to help us make the center a reality," Davies said. "This wonderful facility will affect the daily lives of all who study and work at Queens, and we are immensely grateful to the foundation for its generosity."

The Levine Center, which will replace Ovens Athletic Center, will be a 140,000-square foot facility on three levels, and will be the main location for all wellness and recreational activities at Queens.  The center's upper level will feature a fully equipped fitness center for use by the entire campus community. Other features include a three-lane, second-story indoor walking track, studios for dance and aerobics classes and study space. There will also be a three-story indoor climbing wall and a food court.

The heart of the center will be an innovative and technologically advanced performance gym with flexibility for a wide range of uses. Moveable walls and reconfigurable seating will allow for a variety of uses, from three separate playing courts for classes or intramural sports to conversion to a venue for basketball games or other varsity athletic competition. For special events such as commencement, the gym could be transformed into a theater.

While meeting a variety of needs for the whole campus, the center will also tremendously upgrade facilities for Royals athletics, with the athletics department occupying space on the first and lower levels.  This includes modern offices for coaches and staff, a weight room, training room, trophy room, classrooms, conference space, and well-appointed locker rooms for the Royals and visiting teams.  Combined with the new space available at the Queens Sports Complex on Tyvola Road, the center will complete a total overhaul of space for campus athletic programs.

The $100 million "Investing in Queens' Future" campaign, which will include the balance of funds needed to construct the $30 million center, runs through 2012.
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