The Riekes Center - An On Going Legacy

After injuring his back as a sophomore football player at Stanford in 1970, Gary began a long process of rehabilitation, which lasted over a decade. During that time he learned a great deal about strength and conditioning techniques and injury prevention. Athletes began to show up at his house and ask for his help, and Gary began coaching them in his backyard.

This timeline is a look back and forward at the amazing achievements of the thousands of people who've been a art of the Riekes Center throughout the decades.

Sand Piper Music Company

Continuing on with his passion for music, Gary partnered with Carla Piper in the Soundpiper Music Company.

Gary Riekes was Born

On the greatest day of all time, the one and only Gary Riekes was born to his fabulous parents in Omaha Nebraska.

Putting His Talents to Use

To better suit his lifestyle, Gary became a private strength coach, mainly for professional athletes, and a sound engineer and writer for his performance group.

Gary and Max Riekes Sing the National Anthem

Tonight the Stanford crowd gave Gary and his father, Max Riekes, a standing ovation as they sang the National Anthem before the big basketball game.

A Man of Many Talents

Gary came into Stanford as a professional classical musician. He played English Horn in the Stanford orchestra. On top of that, Gary played wide receiver for their football team.

Riekestra Heads to Europe

A very exciting day as our music crew goes off for the first time to perform in Europe!

Gary Heads Off to College

Gary leaves his home in Omaha, Nebraska to start his new journey at Stanford.

NorCal Quakes

The Riekes Center opened its doors to the NorCal Quakes, a nationally ranked wheelchair rugby team.

Incorporating Speed Training

We are happy to say that this year we added year-round elite speed training!

The Jefferson Award

On this day Gary Riekes was honored with a regional Jefferson Award for his Public Service.

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