New VWC/YMCA Joint-Use Facility Named for S. Frank Blocker, Jr.
The new VWC/YMCA joint-use facility currently under construction on campus near Village IV will be named the Frank Blocker Youth Center in honor of S. Frank Blocker, Jr., longtime Board of Trustees member and now Trustee Emeritus of Virginia Wesleyan College. The Blocker name is well known on the Virginia Wesleyan campus. Blocker Hall, the College’s original natural sciences and humanities building, was named for Mr. Blocker’s parents, S. Frank and Wilma Williamson Blocker, in recognition of an estate gift made by S. Frank Blocker, Jr., in 1992. In recent years, Blocker Hall has received close to $4 million in renovations, among them the creation of several research labs, updates to Blocker Auditorium, and the addition of a state-of-the-art scanning electron microscope. Blocker Hall will be complemented by the forthcoming Greer Environmental Sciences Center, and together, the buildings will enhance the College’s growing programs in the natural sciences.
The Frank Blocker Youth Center, once completed, will be a 6,000-square-foot space containing three classrooms, a large multi-purpose room, four offices, a reception area, kitchen, and an adjacent outdoor amphitheater with stage. Scheduled for completion in May, the facility will be used during the academic year by Tidewater Collegiate Academy—our laboratory school and early enrollment partner—and in the summer months by YMCA Camp Red Feather.