January 24, 2018
MTS Families –
The news is out! This week the University of Memphis announced renovation plans for what will be known as the “Mike Rose Natatorium” (see below for architectural renderings). The $10 million project is intended to fund a complete renovation of the existing pool and natatorium, with enhancements to give Memphis Tiger Swimming a more attractive and modern facility for training and hosting meets.
The project will increase the pool to 66 meters (with bulkhead), establish a consistent depth to meet USA Swimming competition standards and add 1 and 3-meter diving boards. In addition, the project will increase spectator seating capacity and upgrade the mechanical and water handling systems.
This long-anticipated project is a partnership between the University of Memphis, Memphis Tiger Swimming and the Rose Family Foundation. In addition to the obvious benefits to Memphis Tiger Swimming, our goal is to serve the broader community through drowning prevention programs and increased minority participation in competitive swimming; building on our work with Splash Mid-South. Through swim lessons and lifeguard training, we want to provide water access to underserved neighborhoods in Memphis, where drowning rates are significantly higher than more affluent communities. Through community swim leagues and swim clinics, we want to expose more minority athletes to the growing sport of swimming.
Thanks to the generosity of large lead donors (including the University of Memphis, The Rose Foundation and First Tennessee Foundation), more than half of the $10 million project has already been committed. The public fundraising campaign will be launched soon, and we’ll need everyone’s time, talent and treasure to make this exciting project a reality.
Once fundraising is complete, the renovations are expected to take about 18 months. We’re working closely with Coach Adam to ensure alternative training sites are secured before construction begins.
This project will outline the next chapter in our program’s
great history. We especially want to thank MTS alum and Rose
Foundation executive director Gabrielle Rose for her partnership
and leadership that helped make this project possible. Look for
more details as the campaign kicks off, and meanwhile you can learn
more about today’s announcement by reading the U of M’s
Trey Quon on behalf of the MTS Board of Directors