History: Clark Hetherington

Clark Hetherington was Mizzou’s first athletics director and was also a professor of physical education at the university. He viewed play as a critical ingredient to a quality education as well as personal development, health and success. He worked tirelessly to bring playgrounds and parks to the broader public while also advocating for safer training methods and stricter academic standards for athletes. Clark’s Boxing Gym is our celebration of his tireless efforts to make excellence in recreation a campus tradition.