Since 1941, Utah Valley University (UVU) has grown from a small vocational school to the largest public university in the State of Utah, enhancing the lives of hundreds of thousands of students and their families in the process. Over the years, community support has been, and will continue to be, vital to the school’s growth. In 2019, doTERRA donated $17.7 million to UVU, which is going towards online learning resources, scholarships, and athletic programs. Recently, UVU completed renovations on the doTERRA Performance Center, which includes offices, designated film rooms, locker rooms, and team lounge spaces for wrestling, women’s volleyball, and women’s basketball.
“We have a mission in athletics, and that’s to build champions in the classroom, in competition, in the community, and in life,” says Jared Sumsion, UVU’s Athletic Director. “When I walked into this new facility, I got a little teary eyed. I hate to admit it because I’ve always envisioned this for our athletic programs. I’ve been all over the country, I’ve seen so many wonderful locker rooms, and we have that space now! I really can’t thank doTERRA enough because as our coaches go out and recruit, and they bring athletes to this building and they see these things, it really does matter.”
“This new facility is going to impact our program significantly,” says Jaysa Stratton, the senior setter for the women’s volleyball team. “It’s going to help us as student athletes succeed academically, mentally, and physically as we play volleyball. The doTERRA Performance Center will allow us to better prepare for upcoming opponents as we now have a designated place to watch film, study, relax, and be as a team.”
“It’s really gratifying seeing this come to pass and making a difference. We appreciate education, what it does, and the role that UVU plays is so important to our community,” said Corey Lindley, doTERRA Founding Executive. doTERRA employs around 250 UVU graduates and some 500 current students. “At doTERRA, we’re about empowering people, and we’re about excellence. We’re about making the world a better place, and UVU encompasses all of these things. As a company, we didn’t want this partnership to be just about athletics. We’re very honored to be a part of the athletic program here, but UVU has other great programs, and we’re honored to support science and the arts and the Women’s Success Center and what they do to support women who need and want to advance their education and have an opportunity to do so here at UVU.”