Tel Aviv University Sports Center is named after Israeli-Canadian philanthropist Sylvan Adams
(May 12, 2022 / JNS) Tel Aviv University named a new sports center after Canadian-Israeli businessman and philanthropist Sylvan Adams at a special ceremony Wednesday. The new center will include an Olympic-size swimming pool and optimal training conditions, and will be open to the public to promote public health and sport, the university said in a statement.
The swimming pool represents an extension of the Sylvan Adams complex to include both the Sports Center and the Institute of Sports Excellence.
“Mr. Adams’ support will enable the expansion and modernization of the Center, equipping it with the most advanced facilities to enhance the achievements of Israeli athletes and benefit the community,” the statement continued.
“In addition, a new Olympic swimming pool will be built according to the best international standards. The indoor swimming pool will provide Olympic swimmers with the best training conditions to promote success in international competitions. The pool will also serve the needs of the community, promoting public health and community sports,” he added.
The University’s Institute of Sports Excellence, established several years ago, includes a research laboratory in public health, physiology, nutrition and training sciences.
TAU President Professor Ariel Porat said: “Today Sylvan Adams reinforced his position as ‘Mr. Sports.’ The Center inaugurated today, which bears his name, will serve to advance excellence and research in the field of sport. Many will benefit: Israeli athletes on the one hand, but also the TAU community and many residents of Tel Aviv and its surroundings. Sylvan is one of our country’s most generous philanthropists and has donated to many different causes. He is a Zionist in the full sense of the word, following in the footsteps of his late parents, Marcel and Annie Adams, who were also renowned Zionists and philanthropists.
Addressing the ceremony, Adams said, “It is one of my missions to invest in Israel’s sports infrastructure. The Sylvan Adams Sports Center at Tel Aviv University is a landmark project that will train world-class athletes and future international medalists. This complex of gymnasiums also offers top level facilities for recreational athletes and weekend warriors. The Israelis are winners. We just need the right facilities and the right leadership. Together, the Sports Center and Sports Institute at Sylvan Adams University in Tel Aviv will provide this crucial support.