WILMINGTON — Peoples Bank Foundation, a non-profit corporation formed to make donations in Peoples Bank market areas, showed its support for Wilmington College and its new Center for Sport Sciences that represents a unique public-private partnership with a $200,000 pledge.
Peoples Bank Senior Vice President Trust & Investment Services and Wilmington College alumnus Jason Phipps was on campus Jan. 20 to present the $200,000 check to Wilmington College President Jim Reynolds. Reynolds expressed appreciation for the financial institution’s belief in the Wilmington College mission and the two entities’ longstanding relationship.
“Wilmington College’s partnership with Peoples Bank extends decades and stands as a testament to the foundational role each represents in Wilmington, Clinton County and southwest Ohio,” Reynolds said. “We greatly appreciate the generous gift from Peoples in support of this signature facility on our campus and in the community.”
The College recognized Peoples Bank by naming the Center for Sport Sciences’ primary academic classroom in its honor.
“Wilmington College has created a synergistic partnership that will serve not only Wilmington College student-athletes but also provide medical and other health-related services for a significant portion of southwest Ohio,” said Ed Reilly, Peoples Bank Executive Vice President – Regional President. “This is an important endeavor that benefits many individuals. Peoples Bank is pleased to pledge financial support toward the project.”
The $10.4 million, 41,000 square-foot facility represents a unique blend of academic, athletic, recreational, medical and commercial elements rarely seen on the NCAA Division III level. It is home to the nationally recognized Wilmington College athletic training program and other sport sciences.
It features a 40-by-40-yard, indoor turf field, lighted outdoor turf field and related athletics amenities. The center also accommodates training for essentially all of the college’s 18 varsity sports teams, in addition to giving students additional options for co-curricular and recreational activities.
Peoples Bancorp Foundation contributions focus on charitable giving in four major areas: community investment and economic development, youth and education, human services programs that improve the social needs of low- to moderate-income communities and individuals, and the arts and cultures. Organizations receiving grants meet those requirements and serve the markets where Peoples Bank currently has office locations.