Athletics Student Life Center is dedicated in honor of John
"Thunder" Thornton, his wife, Eileen, and their family, in
recognition of the commitment they made to the establishment
of this building.
family's generous gift has funded construction of one of the
most significant buildings in the University of Tennessee
to the Thornton Athletics Student Life Center project, an
academic home for University of Tennessee student-athletes,
reflects his belief that success starts with academics.
of Tennessee has to do its best to provide the atmosphere
and academic assistance to the young men and women who come
to school here and participate in athletics," he has said.
County native, Thornton has built an impressive resume of
business success and community service.
of UT's Board of Trustees, Thornton and his family have served
the University well over the years and his legacy will be
reflected in the lives of each of the young student-athletes
served within these walls.