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Laurentian Receives Donation to Install a New International Quality Floor in the Ben Avery Gym

Athletes to benefit from state-of-the-art sprung floor by September thanks to donors.

June 25, 2024 - The existing flooring and subfloor in the Ben Avery Gym will be replaced this summer thanks to one family's generous donation. Danica Robertson and Robert Martin are the parents of a current Laurentian student and say they felt inspired by their family’s experience with the university.

“We believe that Laurentian students are getting a high-quality education and the athletes on the court deserve a high-quality experience as well,” said Robert Martin. “We have confidence in Laurentian and hope that our investment inspires others to support Laurentian University and help enhance the student experience.”

The Robertson-Martin family donated $250,000 to fund the entire project from start to finish. The donation covers the cost of the removal of the current flooring and subfloor, down to the concrete, as well as the purchase and installation of a new high performance sprung hardwood floor that exceeds the top international standards for basketball floors.

As architects, Robertson and Martin know the positive impact of design and quality environments to foster human wellbeing and develop vibrant communities. “Our family saw an opportunity to support Laurentian and help improve the student experience for current and future generations,” said Martin. “We are very excited at the potential of this improvement to nurture happier, healthier athletes.”

President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Lynn Wells expressed gratitude for the donation. “The Laurentian community is deeply grateful to the Robertson-Martin family. This gift will have a significant positive impact on our athletes and beyond. Their investment has a positive impact on our campus culture as a whole and is a testament to the pride that the community has in our school.”

“A high-quality facility will help entice students and student-athletes from across Canada to choose Laurentian. We hope that this impactful upgrade might inspire the continued revitalization of the storied Ben Avery,” said Peter Hellstrom, Director, Voyageur Athletics and Campus Recreation.

Work on the floor in the Ben Avery Gym is already underway and is expected to be completed by the beginning of August.