Oct. 12, 2009
A brick campaign to provide funds for the completion of the Stallings-Evans Sports Medicine Sports Medicine Center is currently underway. The facility, located in the center of campus, will provide the University of North Carolina with a premier clinical and educational facility through a unique collaboration between the Department of Athletics, Department of Exercise and Sports Science and Campus Health Services. The bricks, available for $200 each, will allow you to include your name or the name of a friend or family member on a lasting marker.
The facility will provide superior athletic training and rehabilitation care as the primary athletic training facility for all students and the majority of UNC student-athletes, including the 24 Olympic sports (approximately 500 student-athletes) and students participating in campus recreation activities as well as exercise and sports science classes. The facility also will expand the clinical educational experiences for undergraduate and graduate athletic training students.
The often overcrowded 2,500-square foot sports medicine facility located in Fetzer Gymnasium will be replaced by a state-of-the-art sports medicine facility in the current Women's Gymnasium building in the center of campus and easily accessible to all students. The new center will convert the 4,700-square foot gym floor into an athletic training room and an additional 3,000 square feet will be constructed to provide a hydrotherapy room and entrance lobby. The second floor that overlooks the new training room will feature a nutrition clinic, physician and staff office space, and a conference room. The third floor will feature the Sports Related Traumatic Brain Research Center as well as faculty office space.
The facility is named for Don Stallings and Eddie Evans. Don attended Carolina from 1956-60 and was a three-year football letterman and later played for the Washington Redskins. Don is CEO of Eagle Transport Corporation, Inc., and is a past chairman of the Rams Club. Eddie was the son of Billie and Don Stallings. He was born with a congenital heart defect, which lead to his premature death on Feb. 3, 2004 at the age of 41. To this day, he is considered a pioneer in open heart surgery, as he braved four life-threatening surgeries. Prior to his death, he was the longest living survivor of the Rastelli Procedure, an open heart surgical procedure.