Clemson celebrated the Snow Family Outdoor Fitness and Wellness Complex in September 2022. President Jim Clements and Board of Trustees Chair Kim Wilkerson joined Dave and Lynette Snow and other donors in a special dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony on the championship field.
In 2014, the Snows’ gift of $2.4 million made a huge impact on Clemson’s student recreation facilities and programs. The University’s recreation programs were an important part of the Clemson experience for their daughter Ashley ’15. In recognition of that gift — the largest to the University from parents who are not alumni — the recreation area on Highway 93 was named the Snow Family Outdoor Fitness and Wellness Complex. Two years later, the Snows pledged to match up to $1 million in additional funds to complete the intramural field complex on Lake Hartwell, a challenge that led to an additional $1 million in gifts from new donors. The complex currently includes the Andy Quattlebaum Outdoor Education Center, LoConte Family Field and the championship field. Future projects slated for the complex include completion of the Davidson Family Field, Reed Family Softball Field, Fischer Family Welcome Center and Mitsopoulos Event Lawn.
“The Snow Complex sits on what is perhaps one of the most beautiful pieces of property at Clemson,” said Clements. “Dave and Lynette Snow saw the possibilities of this property and had the vision of seeing this space as a place where students would come to enjoy the best outdoor facilities and recreation area in the nation. Not only have the Snows given so generously of their time and resources, but they have also challenged and inspired others to give back to Clemson.”
“Not only have the Snows given so generously of their time and resources, but they have also challenged and inspired others to give back to Clemson.”President Jim Clements
The Andy Quattlebaum Outdoor Education Center, completed in 2020, was named Most Outstanding Facility in 2022 by the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association. The center provides experiential learning, leadership opportunities, internships, competitive sports and play, student employment, and lake activities, such as kayaking and swimming. The Snow Complex offers an environment to facilitate students’ physical, mental and social development.
The dedication ceremony included remarks from Maggie Brewer ’22, a graduate assistant for the CORE program. Brewer served as an equipment specialist and trip leader during her undergraduate years.
“The Snow Complex stirs a sense of belonging and sense of place for me,” she said. “I joined the CORE staff in January of my freshman year. Between CORE and soccer intramurals, the Snow Complex became a place where I could escape the hustle of classes and enjoy the beauty of Clemson and Lake Hartwell. Over the past two and a half years, I have seen the Snow Complex give the Clemson community the same sense of place.”
In recognition of their contributions to Clemson, Dave and Lynette Snow were named 2022 honorary Clemson alumni. Honorary alumni are selected by the Alumni Association Honors and Awards Committee on the basis of outstanding service, devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association.