Charleston Southern University broke ground on the school's new athletic center on Tuesday.
The school's head football coach, Jay Mills, choked back tears as he spoke of the physical sacrifice past and present players endured to make the building a reality.
"This is very emotional for me to think of the young men who have sacrificed to perpetuate a vision and a dream," he said. "For many of them, it's cost them physically."
"Jay Mills is a special individual with a special vision," said CSU athletic director Hank Small. "He took this challenge on for his team. This is great for all of us to see. May God bless him and the athletes."
Phase One of the new 24,000-square-foot Athletic Center will begin this fall and will feature football and track & field locker rooms and an athletic training center. The second phase of construction will include football offices and meeting rooms. Construction on the third and final phase will include a new athletic weight room.
Charleston Southern University has partnered with Hank D'Antonio and Associates and Trident Construction for the design and construction of the new Athletic Center.
Information provided by Charleston Southern University.