(Left to right) Ath­letics Director Peter Roby, North­eastern freshman Sarah Gries and her par­ents, Deb­orah and Michael, and North­eastern Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun ded­i­cate the “Center for Sports Med­i­cine and Per­for­mance” in Cabot Gym at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. Photo by Mary Knox Merrill.

Thanks to a gen­erous alumni gift, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity has united two campus pro­grams by replacing its aging sports med­i­cine and strength-​​conditioning facil­i­ties with the new Gries Center for Sports Med­i­cine and Per­for­mance, which will uti­lize new equip­ment and tech­nology to deliver a holistic approach to injury pre­ven­tion and reha­bil­i­ta­tion, as well as enhancing student-​​athletes’ performance.

The state-​​of-​​the-​​art facility, located on the ground floor of the Cabot Phys­ical Edu­ca­tion Center, was made pos­sible by Michael Gries, BA’77, and Dr. Deb­orah Shomberg Gries, PAH’77, whose daughter Sarah is now a freshmen at North­eastern. The center offers “a vibrant, pro­duc­tive and effi­cient” envi­ron­ment for ath­letes to train and to focus on injury pre­ven­tion and reha­bil­i­ta­tion, said Ath­letics Director Peter Roby.

At last week’s opening cer­e­mony, Michael Gries – who serves on the university’s gov­erning board and on its devel­op­ment com­mittee – said his expe­ri­ence as an ath­lete at North­eastern defined his char­acter. He hopes the new facility will help ath­letes return more quickly to competition.

Enjoy it, get well and excel – the quicker you can get reha­bil­i­tated after you’re injured the better you can be,” Gries said.

North­eastern Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun praised the family’s gift as “a unique, inter­dis­ci­pli­nary and holistic approach to giving” that will trans­form the uni­ver­sity and is poised to inspire future donors looking to leave their mark on the campus.

We’re really delighted it’s a family engage­ment and a family involve­ment,” Aoun said. “Your name will remain with us, your com­mit­ment will remain with us and your legacy will remain with us.”

The new Gries Center is about more than helping ath­letes recover, Roby said. It also helps student-​​athletes make the most of their time at North­eastern and pre­pare them for their future.

Mike and Deb met at North­eastern and that helps us think about what we’re here to do,” Roby said. “We’re here to help young people realize their poten­tial and make a pro­found impact on their family, the North­eastern family and the world at large.”