Named in honor of principal donors Harry and Tammy Smith and Walter and Marie Williams, the center has a total project cost of $17 million that was funded entirely through private gifts. The Smith's commitment of $1 million toward the Step Up To The Highest Level Campaign in December 2011, coupled with leadership gifts from the Williams family and contributions of numerous other donors enabled the construction of the facility.
Each court is named for donors who contributed significantly to the Step Up To The Highest Level campaign. The floor inside the women's practice gym is called Barnhill Court in recognition of the financial support of Bob Barnhill of Tarboro.
The men's gym floor is named Rogers-Whitaker court in appreciation of the monetary gifts of Mike and Janet Rogers of Cary, N.C. and Don and Donna Whitaker of Virginia Beach, Va. Whitaker was a two-year ECU letterman on the hardwood for coaches Dave Patton and Larry Gillman.
The center has a total project cost of $17 million that was funded entirely through private gifts.