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Aug. 26, 2010

Contact Marci Kuhrt at 608-796-3121 or mkkuhrt@viterbo.edu

VITERBO UNIVERSITY AMIE L. MATHY CENTER TO CELEBRATE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY WITH OPEN HOUSE, ACTIVITIES SEPT. 10

LA CROSSE, Wis. – The Amie L. Mathy Center, a collaborative project between Viterbo University and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse, opened with great fanfare in Sept. 2005. Five years later, programs between Viterbo and the Mathy Center Boys and Girls Club are thriving, which provides great opportunities for both university students and club members.

The Amie L. Mathy Center will celebrate its success with a fifth anniversary community open house from 3–6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10. The event will include displays highlighting the grand opening celebration, collaborative programs, and special events that occur in the facility, facility tours, and games and activities.

The $7.5 million, 58,000 square foot facility was made possible through the generosity of countless benefactors and community members. The Amie L. Mathy Center features three regulation-sized gymnasiums, a teen center, a cardiovascular fitness room, a 1/8 mile walking and jogging track, game rooms, a free weight strength training center, computer lab, and an art room. It is named after the late Amie L. Mathy, an engineer by trade and founder of Mathy Construction, who passed away in 1987.

Programs between Viterbo and the Mathy Center Boys and Girls Club are providing “life-changing” opportunities for club members and great experiences for university students, said Mathy Center Boys and Girls Club site director Sarah Schnick.

Whether it’s a dance class, a music theatre class, a cooking class, or homework and academic help, or one of many other programs, there are plenty of opportunities for club members and university students to interact. Viterbo students serve as positive mentors and receive valuable real-world experience in return.

“The Viterbo students don’t really understand how much of an impact they have on the kids’ lives,” Schnick said. “They serve as such positive role models. After getting to know the Viterbo students, club members realize that they too can go to college.”

“The open house is a great opportunity for community members to learn about the great programs happening at the Mathy Center,” said Viterbo Mathy Center director Marci Kuhrt of the unique facility, the first in the nation to be shared between a university and a Boys and Girls Club.

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