Gillom Athletics Performance Center Dedicated with Ribbon-Cutting

Dec. 1, 2017

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OXFORD, Miss. - After $13.8 million of renovations, Ole Miss Athletics cut the ribbon to the 57,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art Gillom Athletics Performance Center with a ceremony on Friday morning.

Several gave remarks, including executive associate athletic director Lynnette Johnson, former women's sports information director Treadway Pearson, current head volleyball coach Steven McRoberts and senior volleyball student-athlete Lexi Thompson - along with the namesakes of the Gillom Center, Ole Miss legends Peggie and Jennifer Gillom.

"I pray that all the athletes and coaches who enter this building can work together and fight alongside one another, and build and learn and love one another," said Peggie Gillom. "This is a special place."

"I hope that every athlete who practices and plays here is inspired to work hard and to accomplish all their goals," said Jennifer Gillom, who was unable to attend but sent along a statement on a video message. "This is a great honor for Peggie and I and our entire family, and I thank you all so much."

Also dedicated at the ceremony was the new Pearson Lobby, which honors Diane Pearson - the first woman to be named to the Ole Miss Athletics Committee. A fund was recently established in conjunction with the School of Accountancy - the Diane Pearson Opportunity Fund - which will allow others to donate specifically towards women's athletics at Ole Miss. The fund will serve as an endowment with accounting, and gifts made to athletics will support unique student-athlete development opportunities each year.

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