As part of ongoing initiatives to enhance student spaces, Thomas More University recently purchased Five Seasons Family Health Club in Northern Kentucky. The move will increase the school’s acreage by 9% and its facilities square footage by 24%.
Lyna Kelley, the director of Communications and PR, said since launching the school’s strategic plan “Lighting the Way” in 2021 and the corresponding Second Century Campaign, university officials have been transforming campus to better serve students.
“This expansion also creates cohesion by uniting Thomas More’s south campus, connecting Cabrini Hall which boarders Five Seasons,” said Kelley. “Further, the acquisition is part of a long-standing agreement between the club and the university.”
Moving forward, Thomas More will continue its partnership with the Five Seasons as business will continue as usual at the club. It will still operate under the Five Seasons brand name.
The Five Seasons offers two fitness floors with cardio, strength, free weights and personal training options. Over 30 group exercise classes are available weekly in the club and through virtual avenues.
Kelley said both indoor and outdoor heated pools are available along with extensive adult tennis programs including lessons, clinics and teams.
“The facility also supports mothers with childcare and youth programs available to members,” said Kelley. “The club has recently expanded member opportunities with growth in racquet sports, swimming, kid’s camps, social activities, physical club updates and more. Additionally, the university is currently discussing ways to extend offerings to members.”
The purchase includes the largest philanthropic gift in Thomas More history, as well as financing through university partner Republic Bank. Kelley said the addition of the Five Seasons is one of several initiatives Thomas More is preparing to launch as part of a holistic wellness program for the community, expected to roll out in the 2023-24 academic year.
“While the details of these initiatives are still being considered and finalized, the students and employees of Thomas More will benefit from this acquisition,” said Kelley. “There has been a great deal of excitement around the acquisition at Thomas More. The club has been a topic of conversation for our university members for many years, and the community is thrilled to now have the premier facility officially become part of the university.”
How the Five Seasons Fits on Campus
The Five Seasons will provide additional rec activities on campus in conjunction with the Connor Convocation Center. The building is a 47,000-square-foot facility featuring two weight rooms, an indoor running track, complete locker room facilities and two regulation-sized basketball courts.
Kelley said the club’s acquisition was a carefully planned purchase that took time, but the major financial acquisition “united their campus.”
“It answered employee and student wishes, and, most importantly, it advances our mission to better serve our students by providing them with the best facilities and opportunities for success,” said Kelley. “Our strong history and partnership with Five Seasons have also been an asset as it ensured a seamless transition with the management team maintaining day-to-day operations of the club.”
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