New Mexico State University’s Coca-Cola Weight Training Center was given a major overhaul, thanks to a $750,000 gift from Mesilla Valley Transportation.
“This is a transformational gift that will greatly benefit our student athletes,” said NMSU President Garrey Carruthers. “Mesilla Valley Transportation is an important partner for us and their gift will help take this facility, and out athletics programs, to the next level.”
The gift funded a complete renovation od the 22-year-old Coca-Cola Weight Training Center, proving updated weight training equipment and a new, rubberized floor for the facility. It also paid for new, state-of-the-art video equipment at each workout station and created a nutrition bar for the student athletes.
Built in 1992, NM State’s weight-training center is located in the Aggie Memorial Stadium complex. The 13, 500-square-foot facility benefits NMSU student athletes in 17 athletic programs. It became a reality thanks to the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Las Cruces, which funded construction as well as the facility’s original weightlifting equipment and exercise machines. Additional weight and aerobic equipment was added to the facility in 1998.
“We are very excited, as a department, to receive this gift for the specific purpose of upgrading our weight room, which will help our strength and conditioning coaches to better serve our student athletes,” said former NM State Athletic Director McKinley Boston. “We are very thankful to Royal Jones, and Mesilla Valley Transportation, for helping our student athletes achieve their competitive potential.”
“With this gift, Royal Jones and his team are making a huge play for every athlete on this campus, and those to come,” said Don Decker, director of sports performance at NM State. “It will give our student athletes a chance to make plays in their respective sports, and it will help them fulfill their hopes and dreams. I appreciate Royal Jones’ heart for giving people a chance to succeed and this gift is an example of that.”