Raider Nation

Three times a week this winter I make the trek to the Juffer Athletic Fieldhouse, which was built during my freshman year and continues to leave me in awe each time I visit.

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The first thing that catches my eye is the definition of the word “Raider” that is on the wall as you walk from the Rowenhorst Student Center into the Fieldhouse: “One who is fearless, confident and prepared to finish the task through discipline, sacrifice and the relentless pursuit of excellence.”

The Juffer has a great weight room, which the golf teams have been taking advantage of under the supervision of Northwestern’s awesome strength and conditioning coaches. Despite the exhaustion we might feel while we train, there’s such a cool sense of solidarity among different teams who are lifting at the same time. Athletes training are required to wear Northwestern-themed colors — red, black, gray or white — to create an atmosphere of unity and Raider pride.

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I might feel extra biased about how wonderful the Juffer facilities are because the golf teams have a separate training room specifically for us. The Van Der Weide Practice Room features hitting stations, a simulator where we can play against each other on real courses and a putting and chipping green.

While I love that the practice room allows us to make the most out of the cold Iowa winters, just looking around the place makes me feel so proud to be a Raider. I love seeing photos of the past GPAC championship teams up on the wall. I also love thinking about the many smiles and laughs that have been shared amidst our hard work in that room and of all the good times to come for future golfers.

I’m very grateful for the work that was put into the Juffer Athletic Fieldhouse, and for the effort and pride that I see there from athletes of all sports every day. It’s just one of the many places on campus that give me a sense of nostalgia as I embark on my last few months as a Raider athlete.