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UCCS sports medicine center to be named after El Pomar CEO

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Wayne Heilman, The Gazette 

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will name its sports medicine and performance center for El Pomar Foundation CEO William J. Hybl, the school announced Thursday.

The naming rights reflects "the longtime support of El Pomar Foundation as well as its specific support for the university's efforts to redevelop North Nevada Avenue, where the new building will be located," UCCS said in a news release. El Pomar donated $4 million to UCCS to help its efforts to redevelop the corridor.

The 72,000-square-foot William J. Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center will be adjacent to the 52,000-square-foot Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences, opened in 2014, and will eventually be part of a six-building health and wellness complex. Construction is expected to begin in July 2018 and be completed by the end of 2019.

"El Pomar Foundation and Bill Hybl have been ardent supporters of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs," UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak said. "We are honored to recognize this support and Mr. Hybl's legendary contributions to amateur athletes by naming our newest building in Mr. Hybl's honor."

The center is one of four projects in the City for Champions tourism initiative that are scheduled to receive $120 million in state sales tax rebates under the Regional Tourism Act. The other projects include an Olympic museum, a new visitors center for the Air Force Academy and a downtown stadium and arena.

The center could cost nearly $40 million. The tourism act paved the way for the university to issue bonds that will be repaid by $16.8 million in sales tax rebates. The university also will help finance the project, along with private donations and rent paid by project partner Penrose-St. Francis Health Services to use the space.

The center will include human performance testing, training, research and education, medical-based fitness, athletic training, physical therapy, an orthopedic clinic, sports medicine-focused primary care, continuing education as well as three interdisciplinary centers. Penrose-St. Francis joined the project in June as a partner in developing the center and its executives are meeting with 25 UCCS faculty members involved in programs ranging from high-altitude performance to nutrition to come up with what programs will be housed there.

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