November 6, 2009
09-187

Thressea Boyd
Director of Communications

VSU Recognizes Wilmot Family for Financial Support

VALDOSTA -- Valdosta State University recognized Chris and Tammy Wilmot for their generous financial support to the university. The computer lab located in the new Athletic Field House was officially named the “Chris and Tammy Wilmot Computer Lab.”

The naming was in recognition of the Wilmot’s significant philanthropic support of Valdosta State’s athletic teams. Their generosity has provided numerous student-athletes with the opportunity to excel in the classroom and on the playing field.

“The Wilmot’s are advocates for education and their dedication to helping young people succeed is an inspiration to others,” said President Patrick J. Schloss. “Their values serve as a beacon for others and their financial support helps our athletic programs and provides educational opportunities for many students.”

VSU Head Football Coach David Dean has come to rely on the Wilmot’s personal support and considers them an integral part of Blazer football.

“I had the pleasure of meeting Chris Wilmot just days after being named head coach at Valdosta State and from that meeting has grown a great friendship,” Dean said. “Over the course of the last three years, Chris and Tammy have become true friends of both our team and staff. Their continued giving of their time and resources to our program is unparalleled and we feel very fortunate to have them as members of our Blazer football family.”

Athletic Director Herb Reinhard affirms the importance of private gifts and the impact donors have on the growth and success of Valdosta State’s athletic program.

“Chris and Tammy have been tremendous supporters of Valdosta State and Valdosta State Athletics for several years now,” said Reinhard. “The Athletic Department is very appreciative of their support and we feel that this recognition is a testament to what they mean to us.”

The Chris and Tammy Wilmot Computer Lab, located within the Athletic Field House, serves as a convenient resource for students to complete course assignments between classes and practice. In addition to the computer lab, the 41,000 square-foot building includes administrative offices, meeting rooms, training facilities, men and women locker rooms, and academic areas dedicated to kinesiology and athletic training.