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Generous gift from Tim and Mary Boyle transforms Reed's sports center


Portland, Ore (September 9, 2016)--Reed College has transformed its sports center into a dynamic athletic education center fitting of its students’ past and current dedication to nature, outdoor exploration, and an active Pacific Northwest lifestyle, thanks to a generous gift from Tim Boyle, Columbia Sportswear CEO and Reed trustee, and Mary Boyle. The Boyles’ gift was part of a larger philanthropic effort by the Reed College board of trustees, which included creating new faculty positions in environmental studies and computer science and making major renovations to Reed's iconic cross-campus residence halls.  

A large portion of the gift helped reconfigure underutilized space into a welcoming home for the Reed Outdoor Programs and Education center. Reedies have a long and largely unknown history of achievement that is connected to the natural environment. Arlene Blum ’66 was the first American woman to summit Annapurna; Jennifer Ferenstein ’88 was the youngest president of the Sierra Club; Marion Edey ’69 founded the League of Conservation Voters; Mardie Murie ’23 is considered the grandmother of the American conservation movement; Dan Greenberg ’62 was Chair of the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund from 1991 to 1994 and is an Earthjustice Honorary Life Trustee. So it is fitting that the donation created a space dedicated to helping Reed’s nature-minded students explore the Northwest’s mountains, beaches, rivers, and deserts.

In service to Reed’s outdoor recreations programs, the new center includes an instructional climbing wall and provides a more inviting community and classroom space, revitalizing the multitude of classes and equipment rental opportunities that Reed offers. The renovations are a boon to Reed students who are passionate about the environment and take part in the sports center’s offerings of leadership experience, wellness programming, backcountry experience, and connections to Portland and the surrounding community.

The donation also transformed the Sports Center into a more inclusive space: it added a gender inclusive dressing area and shower facilities with ADA access to the swimming pool, added  locker room upgrades with the addition of private showers, and increased overall ADA access in the building. The swimming pool received an energy efficiency upgrade and a new liner, and the weight room received central air-conditioning and was expanded to accommodate new equipment.

Junior Aaron Till, biology major and member of Reed’s basketball team said of the upgrade, “it’s fantastic! The team loves the new court. The new equipment has added great variety to my workouts and separating out the cardio from the weight room has given everybody more space. I don’t feel like I have to avoid the gym at peak hours anymore, which is great.”

The gift was made in honor of “every Reed student who embraces the rain-soaked snow-covered, wind-beaten Pacific Northwest with toughness and passion.” Tim Boyle’s appreciation of Reed began with his aunt, Hildegard Lamfrom ’43, who went on to make important contributions in the field of biochemistry and collaborated with Nobel laureates Linus Pauling, Richard Feynman, and James Watson.

Reed College will celebrate the sports center renovations at a ribbon cutting ceremony during Reed’s annual Reed College 5K FUNd Run/Walk, also generously sponsored by Columbia Sportswear, on Saturday, October 1, 2016. One-hundred percent of the 5K FUNd Run/Walk registration fees go directly to Southeast Portland elementary schools. 

Registering for the Columbia Sportswear sponsored Reed College 5K FUNd Run/Walk is easy. Log on to reed.edu/reed5k for more information.