K-State Athletics honors donor by naming new training facility


MANHATTAN, Kansas (KSNT) — Kansas State University announced Tuesday that the new Olympic Training Center will be named in honor of Jim Bob Morris.

Athletic director Gene Taylor said the building will now be called the Morris Family Olympic Training Center, pending approval from the Kansas Board of Regents. Morris, a native of Bloomington, Illinois, provided the lead philanthropic donation to support construction of the new center, which began in December 2021 and is scheduled to open for the 2023 season.

“This will be a world-class facility that will benefit many Wildcat student-athletes, and our family is extremely excited to help make that a reality,” said Morris. “For all student Olympic athletes, having their own training facility is a critical step in providing K-State student-athletes with a first-class experience and having our name on the building is a huge honor.”

The new center will contain a state-of-the-art mental health and wellness area, nutrition and refueling station, sports medicine rehabilitation space and a 14,000 square foot strength and conditioning center.

“Today is an exciting day as we recognize Jim Bob Morris for his primary gift to our new Olympic Training Center and our Creating Champions initiative,” Taylor said. “The Morris family has come together tremendously to make this project a reality, and the impact their donation will have on our student-athletes, coaches and support staff is immeasurable. This new facility will help give our programs a national recruiting advantage and give our student-athletes the space and equipment they need to compete at the highest level. We cannot thank Jim Bob and the entire Morris family enough for their commitment to delivering excellence in Kansas State.

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