A Promise Fufilled

Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center

For more than 40 years, CLU has been waiting for a new gymnasium. It’s finally here.

The long-awaited Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center was dedicated amid great fanfare and celebration on Oct. 21.

Ed Arnold, a familiar voice and face in the world of sports broadcasting, brought professionalism and humor as he served as master of ceremonies before a packed house. A former member of the Eyewitness News team at KABC-TV, KCET-TV and KTLA-TV, Arnold’s broadcasting career spans nearly four decades and includes coverage of four winter Olympics.

Cheryl Miller, former USC four-time All-American and Olympic Gold Medal basketball star, was keynote speaker for the dedication. A former head coach and general manager of the WNBA Phoenix Mercury, Miller is an inductee into the Basketball Hall of Fame. She noted that the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center rivals facilities at Division I schools. Having played in an outdated gym while a student at USC, Miller said she could easily relate to the elation everyone was feeling about the new structure.

Special acknowledgement was given during the ceremony to Jack and Carol Gilbert, whose generosity set the stage for further donations to the center. In recognition of their support, the 96,000-square-foot facility bears their name.

The $18 million Gilbert Center houses two major gymnasiums (1,500-seat Gilbert Arena and Soiland Recreation Center), the Lundring Events Center, Forrest Fitness Center, exercise science and sports medicine facilities, a dance studio, classrooms and labs, the CLU Alumni Association Athletic Hall of Fame, the Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame, and offices for faculty, staff and coaches.

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