Officials Ceremoniously Turn the Dirt for Groundbreaking (l to r): Dr. Daniel King, PSJA ISD Superintendent, Dr. Ambrosio Hernandez, Mayor of Pharr, Dr. Guy Bailey, President of UTRGV, Dr. John H. Krouse, UTRGV School of Medicine Dean, Eleazar Guajardo, Pharr City Commissioner, Carlos G. Villegas, Jr., PSJA ISD School Board Member, Sergio Munoz, Jr., Texas State Representative (D-36), Victor Perez, Pharr EDC Director and PSJA ISD School Board Member, and Jesus “Jesse” Vela, Jr., PSJA ISD School Board Member.
Pharr, Texas – Amid a crowd of enthusiastic swimming athletes, community members, and elected officials, the City of Pharr broke ground on an exciting new project, the Pharr Natatorium, a facility that will forever change the city’s ever-growing landscape. The Pharr Natatorium is a years-in-the-making project in partnership with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District that will soon add to the vibrancy and hub of the city. 

“My son is an avid swimmer and my wife and I have had the privilege of cheering him on during many competitions,” said Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez, M.D. “I have seen the sport grow not only amongst the students and children of Pharr but throughout the Rio Grande Valley,” he added. 

As he and other city leaders began discussing the idea, they began thinking of potential partners that would also benefit from this facility and over several years the project began taking shape. Pharr continues to lead the way in collaborative efforts and innovative partnerships with local educational institutions and has proudly partnered with UTRGV and PSJA ISD to bring this Natatorium to fruition while benefiting student-athletes and academics alike. 

UTRGV plans to construct a Sports Medicine Institute adjacent to the facility wherein medical students will have the opportunity to practice, learn, and work with the community to provide sports medicine therapy and care. Additionally, the Natatorium will be used by PSJA ISD athletes for swimming practices and competitions.

The facility will feature an Olympic-size swimming pool, diving facilities, and spectator seating, among many other amenities. 

“I am proud of the teamwork and efforts we have all contributed as a collective group while working to make the Natatorium a reality,” Hernandez added. “I am especially proud of the legacy our city leadership is creating for our future students, families, athletes, and medical students,” he continued. “Pharr is transitioning into an educational hub, providing more opportunities than ever to our community and working with our many local institutions and partners to foster a college-going culture and unlimited possibilities for our students here in the Rio Grande Valley,” he said. 

Pictured are (l to r): Dr. Guy Bailey, President of UTRGV, Dr. Daniel King, PSJA ISD Superintendent, Dr. Ambrosio Hernandez, Mayor of Pharr, and Dr. John H. Krouse, UTRGV School of Medicine Dean.
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