Winter Haven Health Center
Located in the heart of Florida, Polk State’s Winter Haven Health Center features a gymnasium floor unrivaled by any team in the country, and all the necessities for training athletes on the rise.
The nearly 30,000-square-foot Health Center is a focal point for not only Polk State, but Polk County as a whole. This quality, multi-purpose indoor facility accommodates NJCAA and high school athletics, and serves as a general-purpose assembly space for a variety of special events.
It is home to Polk’s elite men’s basketball and women’s volleyball programs, both of which have won many championships since the Winter Haven Health Center opened.
The Health Center recently underwent renovations to its gym floor to reflect the College’s rebranding, which meant the adoption of an Eagle logo and black and red color scheme. Upgrades were also made to the men’s basketball locker room area, including the installation of custom lockers for each player and a player’s lounge.
Polk’s weight room, also housed in the Health Center, offers a positive, safe, challenging, and properly equipped training environment. The weight room allows coaches and athletes to work together to develop athletes’ full physical and mental potential.
The weight room offers all of Polk’s student-athletes free weights, weight machines, and cardiovascular machines —everything they need to improve their functional strength-training, sport-specific speed and agility, and sport-specific conditioning and flexibility.
The Health Center also has an official’s locker room, an athletic training room, coaches’ offices and meeting rooms. For the past six years, the Health Center has been the home of the Josh Giles Pre-Season High School Classic. On the NJCAA level, the gymnasium quickly grabbed the attention of the nation when it hosted the 2010 NJCAA District/Region 8 Volleyball Tournament.
The Health Center is one example of how Polk State provides the finest facilities for its student-athletes, and thanks to its ample parking, high-quality sound system and scoreboard, and vibrant atmosphere, it also provides a wonderful experience for individuals who attend events as spectators.