UW-Madison receives donation for new recreational center

UW's new recreation facility replaces SERF thanks to donation from family

MADISON, Wis. - The University of Wisconsin-Madison received a $20 million donation for the new recreational facility it is in the process of building. 

The donation came from UW alumna Nancy Nicholas to honor her husband, Albert "Ab" Nicholas, who died in 2016. After it is completed, the new recreational facility will be named after the donors as the "Nicholas Recreation Center," or nicknamed "The Nick." 

According to a statement from UW-Madison, $15 million of the donation will be put toward construction of the facility, and $5 million toward building an Olympic-sized swimming pool. 

"The Nick" is projected to open in 2019, and is replacing the the 34-year-old Southeast Recreational Facility which closed Fall 2017. 

The director of UW-Madison's Division of Recreational Sports, John Horn, said in the statement that this facility will be vital to attracting students to UW and keeping them at the campus.  

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