May 5, 2000
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame’s Rolfs Sports Recreation Center has received an Outstanding Sports Facility Award from the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association.
The award was presented at the NIRSA national conference last month in Providence. The award was one of 12 presented from among 35 submittals.
The Rolfs Sports Recreation Center, a $9.2-million, 60,000-square-foot facility for Notre Dame students, faculty and staff, opened in February of 1998.
The Rolfs Center features a 5,000-square-foot fitness room, a three-lane, one-eighth-mile jogging and walking track, activity rooms for martial arts, dance and aerobics, three gymnasium courts for basketball, volleyball and badminton — plus an enclosed rink for indoor soccer, floor hockey and in-line hockey.
The center was underwritten with a gift from Notre Dame alumni Thomas J. and Robert T. Rolfs, brothers who for years directed Amity Leather Products Company, founded in 1915 by their father, Robert H. Rolfs.
Tom is a 1944 graduate with a degree in commerce and has been a long-standing member of the Mendoza College of Business Advisory Council. Bob is a 1950 graduate, also with a degree in commerce, who has served for many years on the Advisory Council for the College of Arts and Letters.
The Rolfs have made many previous joint and individual gifts to Notre Dame, including the Rolfs Aquatics Center, completed in 1985 as an addition to the Joyce Center.