Helping Student Athletes Become the Best They Can Be

Athletes from all 17 athletic teams across NMSU now have access to a revamped Coca-Cola Weight Training Center filled with Aggie pride and state of the art amenities thanks to a donation by Mesilla Valley Transportation owner and recent NMSU Honorary degree recipient Royal Jones and his CFO Dean Rigg.

Jones has been an active participant in the advancement of NMSU, and NMSU athletics, for many years. From giving when there is a need to providing pregame encouragement at practices, he has done what he can to help others be the best they can be.

“We at Mesilla Valley Transportation are happy to do this for NMSU,” Jones says. “We are always willing to do whatever we can for our community.”

Built in 1992, the Coca-Cola Weight Training Center is a 13,500 sq.-ft. facility. Used as a recruiting tool for all areas of athletics within the university, the center houses free-weight space as well as a 130-foot indoor track. The recent renovation allowed for updated equipment, complete with the NMSU logo on each item to increase Aggie pride, and is the only university with each of the 24 workout stations uniquely equipped with technology to monitor progress.

“They wanted to give our students a chance they might not have otherwise,” says Don Decker, director of strength and conditioning at NMSU, of the gift. “He made all this possible so they can have every chance they need to be the best they can be.”

Mesilla Valley Transportation’s gift creates a weight training center that is one of the best in the country for NMSU’s student-athletes.  

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