Champions are not made overnight, and the Kia Building a Champion gallery goes beyond the field to show the sacrifices and commitment made by today’s student-athletes and coaches.
There’s more to the game than what unfolds on the field, and the Kia Building a Champion gallery provides a unique, up-close look at the commitment, sacrifice, demands and passion that goes into being a coach or student-athlete. Throughout the gallery are exhibits that examine the off-field dedication, demonstrating what it takes to truly build a champion on the field.
The most recent addition to the gallery is the Kia Performance Center which offers fans a one-of-a-kind football experience. Guests will find out if they have what it takes with a vertical leap, 40-yard dash and an agility reaction drill with customized results provided on a player draft card as a takeaway for fans.
The Under Armour Evolution of Equipment exhibit traces the advances made in protective gear over time, showcasing historic, game-worn uniforms and providing glimpses of the cutting-edge technology being developed to help keep student-athletes safe.
Other displays shed greater light on the balance student-athletes strive to maintain between their academics, training, nutrition and commitment to their team. These exhibits explore the nutritional guidelines that come with being a football player, the opportunities for them to learn about leadership, time-management and personal character, as well as what a typical practice session feels like. A timeline matches up American history milestones with college football history, including innovations in training techniques, campus integration and more.
Rounding out the gallery are exhibits that pay homage to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), the Service Academies (U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Military Academy), Coaches Who Changed The Game and the Heisman Playbook, where visitors can flip through the playbook John Heisman used in the 1920s while coaching for Rice University. Visitors will also have the chance to ask a question of their choosing to former players, like Peyton Manning or Sam Acho and learn a formation and play call from a Hall of Fame coach.