Grant ’63 and Carol Nelson Strength and Conditioning Center Dedication goes virtual

A photo representation of what the new strength and conditioning center will look like upon completion. Photo is a screenshot taken via Vimeo. 

While the Coronavirus has put a halt on many in person events, that didn’t stop St. Cloud University Foundation from showcasing the new strength and conditioning center dedicated to Grant and Carol Nelson, SCSU Alumni from 1963.

The dedication came from a video via Vimeo on the St. Cloud University Foundations page as part of the Homecoming: Stay at Home 2020.

The video opens with Robbyn Wacker, St. Cloud State University President, expressing her admiration and appreciation towards Grant and Carol Nelson. Wacker went on to say that this gift will benefit student athletes and other students for generations.

Wacker also gave a huge shout-out to Grant Nelson and pointed out his excellence in wrestling for St. Cloud State while also studying his major in business.

During his time at SCSU, Nelson won conference titles and set records for the University including best dual record in a season, the longest dual streak (16 matches), longest undefeated dual streak of 22 matches, and many more.

The video then turned to a one-on-one interview with Heather Weems, Director of Husky Athletics, and Grant and Carol Nelson.

Grant Nelson opened the interview with his support and dedication to St. Cloud State University and athletics as an alumni and expressing that over the years he developed a loyalty towards the University.

Nelson then explained how sports can be important for students and can offer an outlet for success.

“I think sports provides the extra component that is tied to academic excellence, it really turns athletes into leaders,” Nelson said.

He then went onto explain how wrestling was important to him and how the sport separates itself from others because it instills confidence and the ability to address challenges.

Later in the video, Weems talked about the new strength and conditioning center and how it is important for student athletes to have pride for their school and to remember the history of the past.

“This is a program, a department with a storied history and we don’t tell that [story] very well,” said Weems. “I am hoping that [the strength and conditioning center] for our alumni tells the story, for our prospects it shows them what they can be and for our current students it makes them better.”

The video ends with staff extending their gratitude and thanks to Grant and Carol Nelson for their support to funding the new athletics space.

To check out the dedication video, go to the St. Cloud University Foundation website.

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Matthew Auvil

Matt is currently a junior at St. Cloud State University and is majoring in Mass Communications. In addition, he is the current Editor in Chief of the University Chronicle. Matt enjoys movies, music, fashion, and bringing joy to the entire staff.

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