Jim Thorpe Fitness Center
Jim Thorpe Fitness Center is a great place to work out!
The building was constructed in 1958 and named Jim Thorpe Power Plant in 1959. The building functioned as a power plant and storage unit until 2007. In 2007, it re-opened as the Jim Thorpe Fitness Center. The Center serves students, staff, faculty, and community members and averages approximately 3000 visits per month.
James Francis Thorpe attended Haskell Indian Nations University in the early stages of his life. He is more commonly known as Jim Thorpe. Thorpe was born on May 28, 1887 in Prague, Oklahoma. He was a Pottawatomie Indian and descendant of the last great Sauk and Fox chief Black Hawk, a noted warrior and athlete. In 1904, Thorpe started school at Carlisle Industrial Indian School in Pennsylvania. Thorpe began his athletic career at Carlisle, both playing football and running track. He was triumphantly selected as a third-team All-American in 1908, and in 1909 and 1910 he made the first team. He played outfield with New York Giants for three seasons before relocating and playing with the Cincinnati Reds in1917. Two honors were bestowed unto Thorpe in 1950 when he was named "the greatest American football player" and the "greatest overall male athlete" by the Associated Press. Thorpe died on March 28, 1953 of a heart attack.
The Jim Thorpe Fitness Center encourages wellness by hosting programs and activities such as Healthier Haskell, Swimming, Yoga, Tae Kwon Do, Kids Camp, Beautiful You, Self-Defense, Karate, Diabetes Prevention Program fun runs, Fitness Challenges, and Gaelic football.