President Clements

“We are very grateful to the Snow family for their continued support of Clemson. Campus recreation is a big part of the Clemson student experience, and their gifts have helped provide even more opportunities to lead a healthy lifestyle while having fun.”
- President James P. Clements

Snow Family
The Snow Family

The Division of Student Affairs is committed to providing a top-tier student experience, and the development of a unique location on campus is a critical step in reaching that goal. Dave and Lynette Snow recognized not only a need for new facilities, programs and services that would transform the recreational and wellness experience for Clemson students but also a need for adequate space due to a growing campus community.

It was the type of recognition that led to a major gift in the form of $2.4 million — the largest gift to the university from non-Clemson alumni — that set an ambitious, revolutionary project into motion in October 2014. The Snow Family Outdoor Fitness and Wellness Center allows students to take advantage of a rare resource not often found on other college campuses, a beautiful lake. The Snow Center provides students with opportunities to take part in experiential learning, competitive sports and play, student employment, lake activities such as kayaking and swimming, internships and leadership.

The Intramural and Club Sports programs can play later into the evening, providing students with more free time during the day for study, work or attending class. The Clemson Outdoor Recreation and Education (CORE) program will be able to offer additional services and provide modern facilities to host their skills training, rental facilities and pre-trip meetings. With lights and up-to-date restroom accommodations at the Snow Center, student organizations can host bonfires and other late-night, alcohol-free programming centered around student engagement and socialization.

The LoConte Family Field — courtesy of a substantial gift from Mike and Janet LoConte — opened as the first phase of the project in September 2015. In December 2017, the university received Phase II approval from the state of South Carolina to construct a new 140,000 square foot turf field and an Outdoor Education Center covering 16,500 square feet. The championship field opened for intramural play in February 2019, while the outdoor building is expected to be completed in the fall.

Project History

October 2014
Dave and Lynette Snow announce the lead gift of $2.4 million to support student recreation programs and areas on the property formerly known as Y Beach.

September 2015
The LoConte Family Field opened, providing Intramural and Club Sports with its first synthetic turf space.

September 2016
The Snow Family announces it will match up to $1 million in funds raised to support the project, better known as the “Snow Family Challenge”