Sparks Athletic Center Renovation

Because of an alumni family’s generous $3 million matching gift, there isn’t a better time to contribute to Willamette. Your support doesn’t just build a better Sparks Center, it strengthens our competitiveness in the classroom and on the field.

Thanks to generous donations from donors like you, we've raised $5.6 million and completed the first phase of the project! It is urgent that Willamette secures the remaining funding now so that we can complete phase two renovations before students return in the fall. Contribute now to double the value of your gift and help us complete the final phase.

Donate online or contact Development and Alumni Relations at 503-370-6552.

About Sparks

Sparks Athletic Center is home to the Bearcat basketball, volleyball and swimming programs and provides workout facilities for the entire campus.


Leveraging a $3 million matching grant from an anonymous Willamette family, we’ll raise another $3.5 million to renovate and enhance the Sparks Athletic Center.


As we reach fundraising milestones, Willamette will renovate Sparks Center’s existing space.

Phase I - Goal: $3,000,000

Challenge Gift: $1,500,000 Match Raised: $1,500,000

Phase II - Goal: $3,500,000

Challenge Gift: $1,500,000 Match Raised: $1,400,000

Project Total - Goal: $6,500,000

Challenge Gift: $3,000,000 Match Raised: $2,900,000

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