“This has always been his dream. The university is close to Chuck’s heart. He believes in the UW because the UW believed in him.”
Mary Ann LaBahn
The LaBahn Arena, the new $27.9 million state-of-the-art hockey and swimming training and competition facility, is named after former Badger swimmer Charles “Chuck” LaBahn (’49 PhB L&S) and his wife, Mary Ann, the project’s lead donors. Key in the creation of the facility was bringing the Badger hockey and swimming teams to a centralized campus location for practice, competition and student services. The new building features men’s and women’s locker rooms, women’s hockey offices and team rooms, renovations within the SERF swimming facility, and the expansion and addition of training rooms in the Kohl Center and LaBahn Arena. “It is an amazing facility in all respects,” Chuck LaBahn said. “I think the swimmers are going to enjoy using this on a daily basis.” Chuck, a two-time letter winner in swimming, and Mary Ann have supported other areas in athletics, including football, track and scholarships for student athletes. They also have been long-time supporters of school and college initiatives and campus-wide projects.