Cancro Family Wellness Center Grand Opening A Huge Success

Submitted By: Annelise Przywara

On Friday, February 7, Ave Maria School of Law hosted a grand opening event and released the official naming of its new wellness center – Cancro Family Wellness Center. With nearly 300 people in attendance, the event featured a ribbon cutting, honor guard, and was held in concurrence with the school’s 4th annual Veterans Memorial Celebration.

Mr. Peter Cancro, CEO and owner of Jersey Mike’s, along with his wife, Tatiana, and family, donated $2 million thereby receiving naming rights to the newest addition to the campus. Both Mr. Cancro and his wife attended the grand opening and made remarks.


Photo: From left to right – Frantz Michel, Heidi Roderick, Jim Kelleher, Sue Kelleher, Tom Monaghan, Dr. Salvatore Lacagnina, Tatiana Cancro, Peter Cancro, Gary Tomcik, Monsignor Frank McGrath, Kevin Cieply, Susan Kuhar, & Taryn Vaughn Photo  Courtesy: Ave Maria School of Law


In addition to recognizing the wellness center’s namesake, the event also acknowledged the official naming of The Kelleher Firm Basketball Court. Mr. Jim Kelleher, a member of Ave Maria Law’s Board of Governors, and his wife, Sue, have been long-time supporters of the school and also attended the event. Mr. Kelleher taking the court’s first shot.

“The opening of the Cancro Family Wellness Center is a truly momentous occasion here on campus,” said Kevin Cieply, President and Dean, Ave Maria School of Law.

“We’re very grateful for the generosity of our notable benefactors. Without their strong support of our Mind + Body + Spirit initiative, the wellness center wouldn’t have been possible.”

More than a facility, the wellness center at Ave Maria School of Law is part of the school’s greater mind, body, spirit initiative, “Ave Maria Moves,” which launched in 2019. With the trend of physical and mental health and well-being on the rise, the construction of this fitness center aligns with the school’s holistic approach of bringing reason, faith, and wellness into the legal education of its students.

For more information about the wellness center or to learn more about the Ave Maria Moves initiative, visit


Ave Maria School of Law was founded in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1999 and in 2009 relocated to Naples, Florida. Ave Law was named the best Catholic Law School in the United States for the devout by The National Jurist’s PreLaw Magazine and ranked #1 Most Diverse Law School in the spring 2016 issue of PreLaw through a quantifiable study.

The Princeton Review named Ave Law one of the nation’s most outstanding law schools since 2008. The Law School was also ranked number one on the “Most Conservative Students” list in the book. Ave Maria Law has earned the 2017, 2018, and 2019-20 Military Friendly® School designations by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM Jobs and Military Spouse.

Ave Maria School of Law is licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License Number 4007 and is fully accredited by the American Bar Association. For more information, visit

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