Investing In Serious Play
Purchase of Troy Boys & Girls Club Expands Opportunities
Sage is investing in Troy and in its student body with the purchase of the former Troy Boys & Girls Club, a 21,000 square foot recreational complex on a 4.76 acre site located at Fifth Avenue and Canal Street in Troy. The resulting Center for Recreation and Field Sports will become the primary practice and competition space for Russell Sage College varsity teams in softball, soccer and lacrosse. Lacrosse, currently a club sport, is expected to be elevated to Division III varsity status in the 2007-08 academic year.
Expanding Women’s Sports
Sage’s strategic plan, The Agenda for Excellence, proposes a substantial investment in athletic and fitness programs at Russell Sage as a means of building enrollment, raising the academic profile of students through a larger population of talented scholar-athletes, and increasing the visibility of the College.
Since 1983, the Ellis H. and Doris B. Robison Athletic Complex has provided a home for Russell Sage varsity teams in basketball and volleyball, as well as for fitness and recreation activities. But those teams have lacked alternative practice facilities and Sage’s field sports relied on sites elsewhere in the Capital Region.
"The acquisition of the Troy Boys & Girls Club will allow us to create a Center for Recreation and Field Sports as a complement to the Robison Center that can expand
athletic activities and increase our competitive advantage,” said President Neff.
More Room to Play
The new Center gives Sage two practice gymnasiums and additional rooms for fitness classes. Additionally, it will allow expansion and relocation of the fitness facility, currently in Robison, that serves all students at the College. The Robison Center will become even more the home of varsity athletics with expanded training and team rooms. At the same time, Sage will develop a plan to offer sports camps and other summer camps for children.
“We are thrilled by opportunities that the new facility creates for athletics as well as the entire Sage and Troy community,” said athletics director Dani Drews. “Our teams will immediately feel the impact not only in recruiting, but also in game preparation. We also look forward to increasing our ability to engage all of our students in expanded recreational programming.”
Gators Volleyball Team Makes History
The Gators Volleyball Team concluded a history-making season with a trip to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships at Elmira College in November.
It was the first time in school history that a Russell Sage team was selected for ECAC post-season. The team lost to top-seeded University of Rochester in the second round and ended the season with a 29-9 record, and a Division III Independents Championship title.
“I am so proud of this team, I couldn’t have asked for more,” said head coach Lisa Greiner.