|STEP UP | WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING | PROJECTS|
a matter of trying to stay ahead of the curve. Facilities have a tremendous
amount to do with that. You can talk to a recruit all you want about
how committed you are to athletics, but until they see something physically,
that's all it is -- talk. These facility improvements will put Tennessee
back in the mix of the top eight to 10 schools in the country."
Phillip Fulmer, Head Football Coach
not about having the nicest lockers or the biggest arena. It's what results
from giving our players and our fans first-class facilities. Demonstrating
to our student-athletes that we're a big-time school creates an automatic
level of respect. They know that they have to work hard and respect the
program to be worthy of the investment we're making in their athletic
Pat Summitt, Head Women's Basketball Coach
have one complex that includes one outdoor 50-meter pool, an indoor 50-meter
pool and the new 50-meter competition pool will, in our opinion, give
Tennessee the leading aquatic facility in America. This in itself is
spectacular. But the real measure is the amount of support the athletic
department and the community are giving to Tennessee's swimming and diving
John Trembley, Head Men's Swimming Coach
"In order for Tennessee to continue to attract top national recruits, it is imperative that we not only compete with, but surpass, our competition. We want a national championship at Tennessee. The only obstacle I see in our pursuit is the lack of a permanent soccer facility."
Angela Kelly, Head Women's Soccer Coach
an intangible feeling that you get when you walk onto the court at the
University of Tennessee. It's a combination of the mystique of Pat Summitt,
the championship banners hanging from the rafters and the first-rate
facilities. Everything from the locker room to the gym floor tells you
that you are part of one of the best basketball programs in the country.
It's a powerful recruiting package. As one of the top athletic schools
in the country, we should have that impact on recruits in every sport."
Kara Lawson, Former Lady Vol Basketball All-American
honored to have chaired this campaign. It is important to the state of
Tennessee and the university that all our teams and student-athletes
have a chance to be successful. STEP UP will provide the across-the-board
facility improvements that will positively impact recruiting, training
and competition preparation for all of our student-athletes."
John Thornton, STEP UP Executive Committee