The demands on law students are high. Keeping up with academic work as well as financial or personal issues often leads to stress. Chronic stress over a prolonged period of time can lead to many health problems. The Fitness Center will be a positive reminder to students, faculty, and staff to make healthy choices and incorporate health and fitness into their routines.
Alumni philanthropy will make the Fitness Center possible, enabling busy law students to make time for fitness in the middle of the day, in their limited free time between classes. It will also allow Chicago-Kent to better compete with other law schools that provide access to workout facilities as part of their larger university campus. Along with other student-centric, philanthropy-funded features of the law school, Chicago-Kent offers prospective students a uniquely comprehensive legal education.
Current student responses to the idea of a Fitness Center highlight the benefits of having a free workout facility in the law school's building: 88% of Chicago-Kent law students said they would use a campus fitness center, and 54% said they would use a campus fitness center exclusively. Out of Chicago-Kent's evening student population, a group especially challenged to find discretionary time between work, school, and their personal life, 86% said they would use the fitness center.