Launching a Wellness Revolution at Spelman College
In 2012, Spelman College announced it was withdrawing from the NCAA and directing its athletics funding toward campus recreation initiatives for the entire campus community. A historically black women’s college in Atlanta, Spelman College made the decision to help improve health outcomes for the population it serves – one that is statistically more likely to suffer from ailments such as obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and blood pressure.
As part of its Wellness Revolution, Spelman College also revamped its athletics building – it was undersized to accommodate increased recreation programming and demand – to ensure it was equipped to support its wellness revolution. The new center features MAC courts, multipurpose rooms, spinning/cycling areas, and a pool among other key features.
According to initial reports, Spelman College saw enrollment in fitness classes jump by nearly 500% since it redirected its focus and funding. The new center combines spaces to promote all types of wellness including physical, intellectual, spiritual, environmental, financial and occupational.