Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Rinker Sports Center
The John & Sheila Rinker Sports Center dedication ceremony took place Thursday, November 30 with about 300 student-athletes and over 100 guests in attendance including faculty, staff, donors and friends.
The dedication served as an opportunity to thank Dr. John and Dr. Sheila Rinker, architects Leo A. Daly, Hedrick Brothers Construction Company and many other donors and subcontractors.
“It is a great investment for the students, the athletes and of course, the University. Sheila and I are very proud to be a part of this, and we look forward to continued participation with Palm Beach Atlantic University,” said Dr. John Rinker, president of the Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Foundation, president of Rinker Enterprises, Inc. and owner of JJR Properties, Inc.
Dennis Grady, president of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, expressed gratitude to the Rinkers for their contribution noting that their donation will last for generations to come.
The sports center is the anchor for the 76-acre Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Athletic Campus. With the completion of the sports center, PBA was granted full membership into the Sunshine State Conference.
Senior David Paul, finance major and president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, explained that this facility gives the athletic teams a place to come together, grow and team build as a Sailfish union.
“We’ve been waiting a long time for a place to call home,” said Paul, resident of Palm Harbor, Florida.
Carolyn Stone, director of athletics, stressed the importance of the values taught to the student-athletes. Sailfish athletics’ true mission is to prepare students for a meaningful life, and instill values of hard work, discipline, love and servant leadership, Stone said.
“Our program is about so much more than winning and championships, but without the support of John and Sheila Rinker and the countless donors, our student athletes would not have the opportunity to learn any of these important lessons or to compete at the highest level,” said Stone.
Following the ribbon cutting, tours of the sports center were offered to the attending guests.