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Jean (‘88) and Joe Adams are passionate members of the Wildcat family who have been giving back to Central Washington University for over 15 years.

During this time, they have supported the College of Business, various scholarship funds, the Wildcat Commons project, and most recently, the Nicholson Pavilion Renovation Project, also known as the Health Education Project. But no matter what area they are giving to, their focus has always been the success of students.

“We have both been fortunate to have great mentors during our careers,” said the Adams. “These individuals always stressed the importance of “paying it forward” once we were able to help others, and this is exactly what we are trying to do.”

Their significant contributions to the renovation project will include two naming opportunities; the Jean and Joe Adams Atrium in the main lobby and the Sheila Hyatt Athletics Administrative Office Suite, named in memory of Jean’s late mother.

Focusing their giving towards CWU Athletics, the Adams say they are impressed with the athletics program at Central and feel that Athletic Director Dennis Francois understands the value and importance of a college degree.

“Dennis’ commitment to the long-term wellbeing of CWU’s student-athletes is very inspiring and a few years ago led to our investment in the Wildcat Commons project. When the project was completed and the football team was playing on state-of-the-art turf under brand new lighting, you could feel a new excitement and energy in the fans, the coaches, and the student-athletes. We are convinced the Nicholson Pavilion Renovation Project will bring that same excitement and energy to the sports that will be played in the newly renovated building.”

Nicholson Pavilion was built in 1959 as the Health and Physical Education Building, and the major renovation will transform the pavilion into a modern, state-of-the-art facility for Central’s health education programs.

This will include over 40,000 square feet of additions to the existing building, as well as updates to existing spaces, to support athletics and Sport and Movement Studies (SAMS). The project is expected to be completed in 2023.

“These upgrades were long overdue, and we hope that current students, future students, alumni, faculty and fans are as excited as we are to see and use the new facility,” said the Adams.

Fundraising efforts for the Health Education Project are ongoing, and naming opportunities are still available. If you are interested in getting involved, or want to learn more about the project and what the renovation includes, please visit our website.

May 2022

Story by: Robin Burck