Justin gives back

NFL Pro Bowler Justin Bethel makes good on desire to give all PC athletes a leg up

Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowler and former Presbyterian College football standout Justin Bethel cut the ceremonial ribbon today on a hydrotheraphy center named in his honor.

Bethel's family joined PC officials and friends in the official dedication of the Justin A. Bethel Hydrotherapy Facility, part of the Lake Sports Medicine Center at Presbyterian College. The Grimm Model 4941 Dual-Tank Hydrotherapy Console will be delivered to the sports medicine facility July 5th. Blue Hose football head coach Harold Nichols said the donation grew from Bethel attending a teammate's camp at the University of Alabama. "He called me and said, 'Coach, you got to see what they have here, marble walls and waterfalls! Seriously, we've got to get these ice tubs.' "I said, 'Great, Justin, that takes money. What do you want me to do, go to Tractor Supply?'" A while later, Bethel came through with the donation that gives PC Athletics the very latest in hydrotheraphy for all its athletes.

Bethel also has made significant donations to his high school, Blythewood, and in the Columbia area where he makes his home. He has started the Beat the Odds Foundation, and works with the Cardinals' community outreach.



June 20, 2016, PC News Service: 

On Saturday, June 25, Presbyterian College will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony officially opening its new Bethel hydrotherapy facility as an addition to the college’s Kemper D. Lake sports medicine center.

“The gift Justin provided is an absolute game-changer for us,” said Brian Reese, director of athletics. “We will now have one of the finest sports medicine facilities in the Big South. Justin’s gift will have a substantial sports performance impact for all of our student-athletes in all of our sports. The entire athletic department is extremely grateful for his generosity.”

Once completed, the hydrotherapy facility will impact all current and future student-athletes at PC. It will feature two state-of-the-art Cryotherm hydrotherapy tanks, which will speed up recovery and enhance performance. The additional space will allow PC’s staff of athletic trainers and team physicians to continue their sports medicine services in a more efficient and functional facility.

Also included in the renovation was a contribution from the William T. Johnson estate. Thanks to Johnson’s generous lifetime gift, the functional rehabilitation portion of the Lake sports medicine center will bear a plaque in him and his wife Louise.

“This is an exciting day for Presbyterian College athletics,” said Nelson Jones, associate athletic director of sports medicine at the college. “As a sports medicine staff, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to Justin and his family, as well as the William T. Johnson estate, for making this project possible.”

The hydrotherapy facility is named for Justin Bethel, a 2012 PC graduate and cornerback for the Arizona Cardinals. Bethel has completed four seasons in the National Football League and has been elected to play in the Pro Bowl for three consecutive years.

“This facility will be a huge benefit to all of our student-athletes,” said Harold Nichols, head football coach. “This generous gift will impact all of our athletes, improving performance, injury rehabilitation, and recovery.”

Bethel is the ninth player ever drafted to the NFL out of PC and the first since Dan Eckstein in 1969 by the Green Bay Packers.

“I know Justin and his family understand the commitment it takes to be the very best on the field and in the classroom,” Nichols added. “This gift shows his appreciation for his experience here at PC and all the people that helped him get to where he is today. Justin has a huge heart and is very humble, qualities that help him to this day.”

“We thank Justin and his family, and we are very proud of him,” Nichols said.


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