On Dec. 20, Baylor announced a gift of $3 million from Bob and Laura Beauchamp (pronounced BEACH-um) of Houston that will establish the Beauchamp Athletics Nutrition Center, a facility formally approved by the Baylor Board of Regents on Dec. 19. The Beauchamps' gift will support the construction of a new 12,000 to 14,000-square-foot dining environment focused on the overall health and performance of student-athletes.
"Laura and I believe the attention created by a successful athletics program has an invaluable benefit to Baylor University by creating a platform that increases the awareness of Baylor as a leader in Christian higher education," said Bob Beauchamp, chairman and CEO of BMC Software and vice chairman of the Baylor Board of Regents. "Our hope is that this new facility enables Baylor's outstanding student-athletes to thrive both on the field and off, propelling them to great performances in competition, and excellence in their academic pursuits. Our family is grateful for the opportunity to support Baylor at this exceptional time in its history."
Conveniently located adjacent to the Jay and Jenny Allison Indoor Football Practice Facility amid the Highers Athletics Complex along the Brazos River, the Beauchamp Athletics Nutrition Center will directly support the vital role that proper nutrition plays in the pursuit of athletic excellence. Complete with a "fuel station" for healthy grab-and-go options and located in close proximity to the Simpson Strength and Conditioning area, student-athletes will have the resources necessary to maintain top performance health. The facility reflects Baylor's commitment to meeting the nutritional needs of student-athletes through a rigorous assessment, education and implementation plan that is enhanced by a dedicated athletics nutrition center. The facility's construction will begin in 2014.
"The Beauchamp Athletics Nutrition Center will be invaluable in helping our coaches recruit top prospects in all of our programs and in meeting the nutritional needs of Baylor student-athletes as they strive to reach their full potential," said Ian McCaw, director of athletics at Baylor. "Today's best student-athletes expect the kind of comprehensive institutional support represented by such facilities as a nutrition center, and we are deeply grateful to Bob and Laura Beauchamp for their very generous contribution to make the nutrition center a reality."