About SPIRE Institute

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How it all Started

Ron and Tracy Clutter, who live here in Geneva, first wanted to help the local community and schools collaborate and utilize shared resources with a recreational facility.

They created the Geneva Area Recreational, Educational and Athletic Trust, known as GaREAT, which is a 501 (c) (3) and the philanthropic underpinning for the SPIRE Institute.

Construction began in Fall of 2008 and seven months later, the Field and Courts building opened. Since then, there has been the addition of the Indoor Track, Outdoor Stadium, Banquet Facility, SPIRE Fuel full service food court, Aquatics Center, Community Fitness Center, and Michel Johnson Performance Center.

The complex is now known as SPIRE Institute. The mission at SPIRE is to unlock the full potential of the human spirit through athletics, academics, and service to others. As an acronym, SPIRE is bookended by Sports and Education, two anchors of the mission.

Foundation, corporate and individual contributions will be integral to seeing the mission continue and expand.

SPIRE Institute Facilities


Cristal Courts

A one-of-a-kind, multipurpose court surface that delivers enhanced training and a competitive advantage on up to ten volleyball courts, six basketball courts and for a variety of gymnastics and mat sports.

Indoor Fields

One synthetic turf field (Astroturf Game Day) that can be used as a full-size soccer, lacrosse, football, baseball, softball, field hockey, and rugby field or be divided into smaller training areas.


10-lane, 50-meter Olympic size pool, with two moveable bulkheads for subdivision of the pool. A one-meter and a three-meter diving area with four springboards. Additional 25-yard pool to support training and various therapy activities.

Outdoor Stadium

Synthetic multi-sport, lighted field with a 9-lane, 400-meter polyurethane international track with a spectator capacity of 10,000, including 5,000 bleacher seats; 1,200 captain’s chairs, press boxes, coaches boxes, luxury suites; a 2,500 seat amphitheater; and seating for 2,000 on catered patios.

Banquet Center

A glass-encased 30,000 sq. ft. banquet, hospitality, and meeting space overlooks the indoor track facility. Features include tiered dining/viewing areas, expansive banquet hall, private conference room and custom designed kitchen.

Indoor Track & Field

8-lane, 300-meter Beynon track, with radius used on outdoor tracks. Separate field event area with two high jump, two long jump, two pole vault pits, two shot put circles, and portable weight throw cages that does not interfere with track events.