The Kruse Center
Recreation, Fitness, and Athletics Facility
Blinn celebrated the development of its new 36,000-square-foot student recreation and activities center with a grand opening ceremony Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, at the Brenham Campus.
The Kruse Center was made possible through a generous gift from the Kruse family. Siblings Mildred Kruse Bridges, Evelyn Ann Kruse, the late Ed. Kruse and his wife Evelyn, and Howard Kruse and his wife Verlin established the gift in memory of their parents, E.F. and Bertha Kruse.
“This is a student-centered facility designed to be a great space for students,” Howard Kruse said. “This facility will aid in student recruitment, and I will tell you this – they also will find other things to include here that will help with the health of the community and our students.”
The Kruse family is involved in many civic endeavors in Brenham and throughout the state, and has been particularly supportive of Blinn College and Texas A&M University. In 2011, the Kruses were major contributors to the W.J. “Bill” Rankin Agricultural Complex, home to Blinn’s nationally-renowned Agricultural Sciences Division. The family contributed to the state-of-the-art A.W. Hodde, Jr. Technical Education Center that opened in 2010, and has donated to the College’s Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center, which hosts fine arts performances throughout the year. The Kruses have established endowed scholarships to help high-achieving students reach their career goals through a Blinn College education.
Located at 208 Blinn Boulevard, the Kruse Center includes space for general fitness, dance and yoga, kinesiology classes, student organization meetings, weightlifting and fitness space and multi-purpose rooms for community events and meetings. In addition, the Center features a gymnasium to host Buccaneer volleyball and basketball games, serves as a venue for high school playoff games, and hosts summer camps.
Blinn thanks the Kruse family for the generous gift that made the facility possible