Shaw Athletic Center

Emmanuel College to Temporarily Close Shaw Athletic Center

Emmanuel College is continuously monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak around the world. We are committed to the health and well-being of our employees, students, and visitors. We view this as an extremely fluid situation that requires flexibility in adapting appropriate responses in the context of changing conditions and evolving data.

We are closely monitoring the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control regarding the spread of the virus. Our focus is to make wise decisions that keep our employees, students, visitors and communities safe.

Effective Tuesday, March 17, The Shaw Athletic Center will be closed until March 31. This closure is in response to the most recent CDC guidelines and recommendations to reduce the spread of the virus as much as possible. Adjustments to this closing schedule will be made as needed, based on updates to CDC guidance and other health directives received as the pandemic situation evolves.

Once the Shaw Athletic Center is re-opened for use by members and guests, memberships will be extended by at least the amount of time the facility is closed. We hope and ask that members maintain their current memberships and elect to receive the automatic extension to membership, but refunds may be requested by calling the Athletic Center at 706-245-2917, by email to, or by mail to Emmanuel College, ATTN; Shaw Athletic Center, PO Box 129, Franklin Springs GA 30639.

We apologize for this inconvenience but believe closing the athletic center is in the best interest of our campus and community. Please pray for those impacted by the virus and for a decrease in the number of infected areas and new cases being reported.

Ron White, Ed.D.


Our new 76,000-square-foot Shaw Athletic Center houses a basketball arena, volleyball and intramural courts, a fully-equipped fitness center, a spin room, an indoor track, a swimming pool, a bowling alley, and a food court. Because proper exercise is a vital component of a balanced life, the entire student body has access to these state-of-the-art exercise and fitness facilities. These facilities are also open to the public! For more information on the Shaw Athletic Center, visit!


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