Spring 2018
Gifts at Work

Athletes Village

Athletes Village is changing the way student athletes at the University of Minnesota live, practice, and study. Opened in January, the $166 million complex includes football and men’s and women’s basketball practice facilities, a nutrition center, sports medicine rooms, and academic and career development space. The generosity of individuals and corporations helped fund three new buildings and repurpose existing space.


Student athletes enter through the grand lobby inside the Land O’Lakes Inc. Center for Excellence, which was funded in part with a $15 million leadership gift from Land O’Lakes. It is the gateway to the David and Janis Larson Football Performance Center. 

At right: The new weight room in the David and Janis Larson Football Performance Center. The space features advanced equipment designed to meet the specific physical demands of football. Photo: Eric Miller/Gopher Athletics


This hall leads to the Nutrition Center, where student athletes receive the dietary guidance and daily nutrition they need for top performance and a lifetime of good health. The center is open to all students during breakfast and lunch. Photo: Eric Miller/Gopher Athletics


Mid-distance runner Matt Rosen, ’19, is a regular in the complex’s John and Nancy Lindahl Academic Center. “The fifth-floor study area is my go-to,” says the athletic scholarship recipient and Carlson School of Management student.

At right: One of the study spaces. The John and Nancy Lindahl Academic Center features 34 study and tutoring areas, classroom space, and a lab with state-of-the-art technology. Photo: Eric Miller/Gopher Athletics


Visitors take these elevators to the Charlie and Kathy Cunningham Basketball Performance Center, which includes practice courts, locker rooms, and athletic medicine facilities for the Gopher men’s and women’s teams. 

At right: With dedicated basketball practice courts, student-athletes will have access to practice space without scheduling around other teams or University events as they have in the past. Photo: Eric Miller/Gopher Athletics


Temi Ogunrinde, ’18, the defending Big Ten champion in the hammer throw, is grateful for the scholarships she has received through athletics and the U’s Carlson School of Management. “It’s made me passionate about wanting to pay it forward,” she says.


Diver Beth Etterman, ’18, says it would have been much more difficult to compete had she not received athletic scholarships. The biology major just finished her best season ever, placing 13th in the Big Ten Championship’s 3-meter event.


Throughout the facility, student athletes past and present are celebrated for their success in their sport and in the classroom.


It takes a village to build a village. Displayed in the entrance is a list of the most generous donors who helped make Athletes Village a reality.

Take a virtual tour of the entire village.