Z.15 GYM RATS (376)


September 16, 2019

Dear Friends,


Since 1966, Wilson Gymnasium has served our student-athletes, athletic teams, and the campus and community faithfully by providing a central hub for competitiveness, learning, engagement, and fellowship. 


It is home to the 2007 NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Champions, 2017 and 2018 Conference Carolinas Women’s Volleyball back to back champions, and has recently welcomed Harvard and Princeton to face-off against our nationally ranked Men’s Volleyball team. Through the years, Wilson Gym has also served as a community hub for the cultural arts. Events such as Barton College’s annual Love the Symphony call it home, and it has even attracted performances from musical greats with the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Ray Charles, and KC and the Sunshine Band taking center stage. 


From championship play to symphonic performances, the gymnasium has provided the background for some of the most memorable moments for both Barton College and the Wilson community. To keep up with growth, demand and continual use, the College began renovations to the facility in May. The transformation will provide coaches and student-athletes with the resources and facilities to support championship play by upgrading to a bio-cushion floor with new floor graphics, updating the sound system, installing retractable bench-back seating, adding new paint and interior enhancements, purchasing a new scoreboard and creating a higher quality fan experience through the addition of a new HVAC system. 

***When I arrived in 1959,   the real talk was about flag football and most of the  scuttle was who could stop Bob Wemberly? . While I saw him only one year I gotta say he was impressive  Think freight train. But for my all time MVP for intramurals none comes close to Johnny Dollar. Any sport winner we had , individual and team , usually featured Johnny Dollar.  And for his total stay. Herb Van Roekel did win the turkey day race all his four years.


And there are more I remember

And more I could mention

Than words I could write in a song

But I feel them watching

And I see them laughing

And I hear them singing along


Lyle Lovett—Family Reserve


Fellow Bulldogs, I have agreed to support this major reconstruction personally, as well as volunteering to identify people from the years 1960 – 1985 who I hope may have a similar desire to lend help to the College and the project. Now is the moment to participate. Thanks so much for your time and consideration. 



Go Bulldogs! 


Tom Parham/Gym Rat

Class of 1963


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