Chancellor Holden Thorp and Board of Trustees Chair Bob Winston,
along with Billie and Don Stallings, cut the ribbon
during the May 6 dedication ceremony.
Photo by Dan Sears
UNC’s new Stallings-Evans Sports Medicine Center has officially opened its doors to students.
The $8.3 million renovation and construction of the space formerly known as Women’s Gym between Woollen and Fetzer Gyms was funded with a combination of private gifts and contributions from the Division of Student Affairs, Department of Athletics, and College of Arts and Sciences. The facility provides athletic training and sports medicine services for the 800 student-athletes who participate in nearly all 28 varsity sports, plus hundreds more student-athletes who are involved in club sports and intramural activities through campus recreation programs.
The building is named for Don and Billie Stallings of Rocky Mount, N.C., who made the lead gift in support of the facility. Stallings, chairman and chief executive officer of Eagle Transport Inc., attended Carolina from 1956 to 1960, was a three-year letterman in football and played professionally with the Washington Redskins in the early 1960s. He served on the University’s Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2009. The building also honors Eddie Evans, the late son of Billie Stallings, who said she hoped that Eddie’s “positive caring attitude will always be an example to the student-athletes and athletic trainers who will work in this facility.”
At the dedication, Chancellor Holden Thorp said: “This project represents what Carolina is about — bringing people like Don and Billie Stallings together with several campus partners to build this beautiful facility that will help our student-athletes excel in the classroom and on the playing field. We are grateful for their generous support.”
Among other named spaces in the Stallings-Evans Sports Medicine Center are the Bill Arnold Atrium, with gifts from the Arnold family; the Dr. Hugh Shearin Jr. Plaza, with gifts from Hugh and June Shearin, also of Rocky Mount; the F. Marion Barnes Physician Exam Room, with gifts from Marion Barnes of Rocky Mount and Brent Milgren of Charlotte; and the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center, with gifts from the Gfeller family of Winston-Salem, N.C.
Robert Gfeller, Lisa Gfeller and Robbie Gfeller stand beside a plaque honoring Matthew Gfeller in the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center.
Photo: Dan Sears