The Mission of the Department of Recreation & Wellness is to provide intentional experiential opportunities for students and the UNC Greensboro community that promote healthy behaviors and foster student development.
The Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness is a facility dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the UNC Greensboro family including students, faculty, staff and alumni. The cutting-edge facility includes more than 216,000 square feet of interior space and is situated on 5.33 acres. The Kaplan Center contains facilities for a wide array of physical fitness, holistic health and wellness programming designed to develop skills and habits that will lead to strong and healthy lives. The new facility opened on August 1, 2016.
Special features of the Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness include:
The Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness is named in honor of Greensboro businessman and civic, community and philanthropic leader Leonard J. Kaplan (1929-2015). Committed to “making the world a better place,” Leonard and his wife, Tobee (1933-2016), made an indelible mark on the local community and the world at large through extraordinary philanthropy and leadership in the areas of education, arts, health and social services.
Leonard, a native of High Point, built his family’s janitorial supply company — Kay Chemical Company — into a major local employer and worldwide supplier of cleaning products. Through their family foundation, Leonard and Tobee were tireless supporters of Greensboro Urban Ministry, the United Way, the Moses Cone cardiac unit, the Women’s Resource Center, Habitat for Humanity and countless other causes in Greensboro and throughout the state and nation.
In Leonard’s honor, Tobee created a permanent endowment to support health and wellness programs at UNCG. It was her hope that the gift will not only benefit the UNCG community for years to come, but will also inspire others to use their talents and resources to improve the world around them.