LFA Athletic Center Expansion

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Lake Forest Academy is embarking on an ambitious capital project that will see a major expansion of the Academy’s indoor athletic facilities. This 45,000-square-foot Athletic Center expansion to the west of Crown Fitness & Wellness Center will double the indoor space for athletics, fitness, and recreation.

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When the Charles F. Glore Memorial Gymnasium was dedicated in April 1953, it was recognized as one of the best athletic facilities at the time. Additions to the athletics footprint in recent decades enabled growth of the athletics, fitness, and recreation programs which now exceed the limits of the current building.

The Athletic Center Expansion project features three regulation multi-use courts for indoor sports that currently share one court in Glore Gym. Other amenities of the new state-of-the-art facility include:

  • Squash courts for practice and competition
  • An indoor running track
  • Indoor turf to accommodate training for outdoor sports
  • Other significant community amenities

The expanded facilities will offer a new hub for services and resources for athletes, creating efficiency, and building camaraderie and community.

This Athletic Center Expansion project serves our entire Lake Forest Academy community and beyond. It speaks directly to athletics’ foundational status in the LFA experience. This facility will serve all students and adults in the LFA community and be the catalyst for greater efficiency in scheduling not only for the athletics department, but across campus while also advancing the LFA brand locally, regionally, nationally, and globally. Our campus is excited for this project and we are looking forward to working with our many partners and supporters on this endeavor.Chris TennysonHead of School

Together, these projects will help LFA students become even more competitive, build our programs' reputation, and help attract and retain talented student-athletes looking for opportunities to compete at their very best, led by first-rate faculty coaches. In addition, because these projects increase the physical training space for our athletes, access to facilities space becomes more abundant for other fitness programs and recreational activities for all LFA students.

This expansion will bring LFA’s indoor sporting facilities in line with its competition from other top boarding schools and other regional public high schools. Guests from local communities and around the region visit the Academy's athletic facilities each year for athletic events, camps, and tournaments. An up-to-date, expanded facility will better represent Lake Forest Academy to prospective students and visitors while also serving the current student body with collegiate-level physical fitness facilities.

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Join LFA’s Board of Trustees, parents, grandparents, alumni parents, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends at Gala 2023 on Saturday, April 29, where we’ll inspire next-level school spirit while joining together to fundraise for LFA’s Athletic Center Expansion. It’s in our court, so let’s have a ball!

Visit the Gala ’23 Page to Learn More & Register

For Athletic Center Expansion naming opportunities, contact Assistant Dean of Advancement Garry Sloan P’19, ’21 at or 847-615-3287.

Gala 2023 Co-Chairs

Trustee Charlie & Nicole Cooper ’96
Trustee Karin & Nicholas Fink P’22, ’23
Leslie & Stu Rosen P’25, ’25

About the LFA Gala

Annually, on a single night, members of the LFA community gather, celebrate, and raise funds to support an annual project selected for the Board of Trustees to enhance the LFA experience. During this year’s event, guests will be invited to raise paddles supporting the Academy’s commitment to the physical and mental well-being of its students, faculty, and staff through athletics.

Goals for the Athletic Center Expansion

  1. Support the Academy’s commitment to wellness opportunities to ensure the educational and personal success of students, faculty, and staff.
  2. Provide LFA’s 37 athletic teams with more functional and efficient indoor space for practice, training, and competition and recreational space for the entire LFA community.
  3. Deliver on the promise of a Top 20 college-preparatory boarding school experience with excellence in academics, arts, and athletics.