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Soccer alumnus champions new varsity house

May 5, 2017
artist rendering of Genesee HallThe field level of Genesee Hall will be the Boehning Varsity House, home to locker, sports medicine, and equipment rooms for the University’s outdoor sports teams. (rendering by Ayers Saint Gross, Architects and Planners)

Former standout member of the men’s varsity soccer team Christopher Boehning ’87, ’88 (MS) and his wife, Julie, have made a leadership gift to University of Rochester Athletics. A new varsity house will take the Boehning name in recognition of the family’s generous support.

“Chris and Julie are champions of Rochester Athletics, in every sense of the word,” says Joel Seligman, University President, CEO, and G. Robert Witmer, Jr. University Professor. “Their leadership and generosity have enabled us to give our students facilities that will help them to grow as teams and individuals, and, ultimately, be more successful on and off the field.”

Christopher Boehning ’87, ’88 (MS)

The Boehning Varsity House will occupy the field level of Genesee Hall, the University’s newest residence hall on the south end of Fauver Stadium, and will include new locker, sports medicine, and equipment rooms for the University’s outdoor sports teams. Currently, all the outdoor teams share space in Fauver Stadium, which is almost 90 years old and was not built to accommodate both men’s and women’s teams.

“We’re fortunate to have friends like the Boehnings,” says George VanderZwaag, executive director of athletics and recreation. “The varsity house strengthens our efforts to be one of the best Division III athletics programs in the country. With high quality facilities that are on par with other selective research universities, it will be easier for us to attract the very best students. It builds on all the great progress we have already made.”

The Boehning Varsity House is the latest addition to the Brian F. Prince Athletic Complex established in 2014. The projects reflect an ongoing effort to improve the University’s athletic facilities, which began with an extensive renovation of the Robert B. Goergen Athletic Center in 2000. Both the University and the Boehnings see athletics as a key component of the undergraduate experience.

“Soccer was an incredibly important part of my education and development as a student,” Boehning says. “Rochester student-athletes have always balanced a demanding course load with an equally demanding practice and travel schedule, and I’m excited that they will now have a facility that matches their dedication and commitment.”

A partner at the law firm of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York City, Boehning chairs both the Athletic Campaign Committee and the Arts, Sciences & Engineering National Council, and is a member of Friends of Rochester Athletics. He and Julie also provide ongoing support to Rochester Athletics through the George Eastman Circle, the University’s leadership annual giving society.

A dedication ceremony for the Boehning Varsity House is scheduled for Meliora Weekend in October.

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