Dedication of Fitness Center to be Held May 5th

York College's newest athletics facility, the Wayne and Darlene Baker Center, recently became fully operational. The Baker Center boasts 15 Magnum strength machines which gives students new options for strength exercise and circuit training. Work began last fall and move-in is now complete on this 3,000 square foot training center that will be used by most of the college's varsity sports teams. Dedication of this facility will be on Thursday, May 5, at 4:30 pm, in a ceremony honoring the service of Wayne and Darlene Baker. Dr. Baker has served as chancellor for York College since 2009, following 13 years as president.

The Wayne and Darlene Baker Center is connected to the Holthus Field House, a 35,000 sq. foot sports practice facility. Construction was made possible by a gift from Dr. and Mrs. Richard Edwards, Jr. of Edmond Oklahoma. Their contribution was given specifically to honor the Bakers for their dedication to York College. Several other friends of the college joined the Edwards with gifts honoring the Bakers. The fitness center replaces a weight room formerly located in Middlebrook Hall.

When asked about the change, YC athletic director, Jared Stark said, "This move is a huge step up for the college and for our program. The combination of proximity to our other training space, the newness of the facility and the addition of a complete set of strength and conditioning equipment will enhance our preparation in every sport. This is a great gift, not only for the school, but for every athlete who chooses to compete as a Panther."

The Holthus Field House and Wayne and Darlene Baker Center are located at the corner of 12th Street and Maine Avenue, about four blocks east of the main campus and the Freeman Center. York College athletics competes in ten sports through the NAIA. The college is a founding member of the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference.

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