Update (11:50 a.m.)

Officials with Amarillo College announced that its fitness center will now be named the FirstBank Southwest Center after it received a $3 million gift and a “founding sponsor” title.

According to a news release from the college, the FirstBank Southwest Center is located on the corner of Washington Street and SW 24th Ave. As a founding sponsor, officials said there will be various co-branding opportunities with the college’s new athletics program.

“We’re very excited about this gift,” Andy Marshall, the president and chief executive officer of FirstBankSouthwest, said in the release. “It’s the largest gift we’ve ever given at any level, anywhere, and we put a lot of thought into it. What we ultimately concluded is that Amarillo College and our community are thoroughly intertwined, particularly through the College’s commitment to workforce training. We’re delighted to support athletics at the College and to be at the forefront of everything AC is doing to positively impact the economic future of our region.”

Officials said the facility will be home to the college’s volleyball team along with offices and workout facilities for the college’s baseball and cross-country teams. The center will also be open to students, faculty, staff along with members of the community.

“This is an overwhelming and impactful gift,” Amarillo College President Russell Lowery-Hart said in the release. “You do not need an entire handful of fingers to count the number of philanthropic gifts the College has received of this magnitude; this is rare. Our gratitude to Andy Marshall and the FirstBank Southwest Family knows no bounds.”

Officials said as the founding sponsor, FirstBankSouthwest will have recognition during home games of all Badger sports, signage at all home venues along with some games being designated as FirstBank Southwest days/nights.

“We are on the cusp of opening the nerve center of our intercollegiate athletics program, a building that features a world-class volleyball venue, and we are beyond gratified to have FirstBank Southwest’s enormous support in all that we are doing to reestablish the athletics program at AC,” Amarillo College Director of Athletics Mark White said in the release. “We look forward to a long and rewarding relationship with FirstBank Southwest.”

Original Story:

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Officials with Amarillo College announced the renaming of the fitness center after a generous benefactor donated a “major gift.”

The renaming is set for 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at the center, located on Washington Street and SW 24th Ave.

Officials noted that the event will recognize “one of the largest single philanthropic gifts ever received by Amarillo College.”

The benefactor, officials added, is a founding sponsor of AC Athletics.