WILMINGTON — In addition to its significance for Wilmington College, the college’s new Center for Sport Sciences is an asset to area residents, said speakers at Sunday’s celebration.
Hundreds of students and residents attended the ribbon-cutting and took self-guided tours of the 41,000 square-foot facility.
Beacon Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, Drayer Physical Therapy Institute, Chiropractic Care, and CMH Regional Health System have satellite branches in the center. They will offer medical services to the community, as well as working with WC student-athletes who have injuries, and with athletic training students who will receive clinical experience on campus.
The Beacon Wilmington office is the seventh Beacon site in the tri-state area and the third Beacon office to open in three years, according to the program handed out at the ceremony. The program states, “Beacon’s team of board certified and fellowship trained physicians offer sports medicine, spine, hand and upper extremity, and foot and ankle care to the Wilmington area community.”
Drayer Physical Therapy Institute offers outpatient orthopedic physical therapy. Many of its clinicians sub-specialize in spine and extremity injuries, states the program.
Chiropractic Care owner Michael Rohlfs has been the Cincinnati Reds chiropractic consultant for 25 years, and has 15 years associated with Beacon Orthopaedics at its Summit location.
CHM Regional Health System will operate a diagnostic imaging center and sports orthopaedics clinic — Performance Orthopaedics — at the Center for Sport Sciences.
Wilmington College President Jim Reynolds noted the center is the first new academic building on campus since the 1960s. The ways the facility will be utilized are “purposeful and meaningful,” Reynolds said, including educational, medical, athletic and recreational uses.
CHM Regional Health System CEO Greg Nielsen said, “Wilmington’s on the rise. This is a great example of that.” He has previously called the center a “game-changing project.”
Wilmington Mayor Randy Riley spoke of a two-way connection in how the city and college fare.
Rohlfs mentioned the Major League Baseball All-Star Game held last month in Cincinnati and said, “Today, Wilmington College, this is your home run — a grand slam.”
After seven people cut a green ribbon with over-sized green handle scissors, WC mascot Quaker Man dumped a large bucket of green confetti on Reynolds, a dry version of a game-ending gesture performed by athletic teams winning championships.
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