DAVIDSON – Davidson College’s new Athletic Center has surpassed the $13.3 million fundraising mark, allowing construction to begin, pending October approval from college trustees.

The $13.3 million figure includes the completion of the $4 million Vance Challenge, a dollar-for-dollar match issued by Samuel and Ann Vance Ginn in honor of Ann's father, Harry Vance, Davidson class of 1926. The success of this challenge, nearly three years ahead of schedule, solidifies the naming of the space as the Harry L. Vance Athletic Center.

“The Vance Athletic Center was designed with our entire community in mind,” said Davidson College President Carol Quillen. “It will enable new opportunities for our Atlantic 10 Conference sports teams, enhance our dance programs and provide convening spaces for the campus and alumni community. We are so grateful to the Ginn family and all the alumni, parents and friends who pledged support to make this center possible.”

Features of the center will include:

• Practice courts for men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball;

• Locker rooms and team rooms for men’s and women’s basketball; and

• Administrative offices.