Phase Two Fundraising Campaign For Soccer Fields and Track Facility
to right: Athletic Director Dan Kenney, Dick Taylor, and Chancellor
Allen C. Meadors
While the completion
of the first phase of construction is nearly finished at the UNCP Soccer
Fields and Track Facility, the vision for the future of the project
has just begun.
and the community will see a significant improvement in the quality
of facilities immediately after the facility opens, with a state-of-the
art soccer field and track; however the complex will not be complete.
The facility will lack a field house that includes critical features
such as locker rooms and offices, stadium seating, a press box and a
To obtain these
amenities and make the Soccer Fields and Track Facility one of the elite
facilities in the nation, The University is announcing a phase two fundraising
drive with a goal of raising nearly $1 million.
"We (The University)
are very excited about the opening of the Soccer Fields and Track Facility,"
said UNCP Chancellor Dr. Allen C. Meadors. "It will serve our students
and community extremely well in the days ahead. Phase two will be the
finishing touches that will make it a quality facility. We hope that
once finished, it will be utilize for district and regional high school
events when available."
UNCP Director of
Athletics Dan Kenney added, "being able to get the university commitment
and have the community get excited about our phase two project will
allow us to present to the UNCP community and our athletes a first class
facility. The addition of a field house, stadium seating and other needed
amenities will be extremely positive."
When phase two is
complete, the facility will have a new field house that will include
locker rooms for both the men's and women's teams, coaches' offices
and public restrooms, an electronic scoreboard and stadium seating for
approximately 3,000 persons. Field lighting was installed as part of
"I think all
of the coaches are very excited about having a new track and field complex
for this coming year," said men's soccer head coach Mike Schaeffer.
"The facilities are something that have been badly needed. They
will help us to recruit student-athletes to the four programs. This
first phase has provided us with what the athletes need. The second
phase will enhance those by improving the atmosphere for the athletes,
and for the fans. As designed, I think it could end up being one of
the top two of three facilities in the nation at the Division II level."
As Chancellor Meadors
said, University officials hope the facility becomes not only a focal
point for the UNCP community but for Robeson County, and southeastern
North Carolina. It is The University's willingness to allow community
groups to use its facilities that has, in part, helped it to secure
its first donation of the phase two campaign. UNCP has been a long time
supporter of not only the Special Olympics, but the regional Senior
Games as well.
Dick Taylor has spent a lifetime participating in track and field, including
competing in the Regional Senior Games for the past few years. While
Taylor has won the state senior games title in the long jump and in
the 200 and 400-meter dashes on several occasions, he said none of it
would be possible without UNCP. Taylor's state championships have always
begun by first competing at the local level at UNCP's facilities.
"We have wonderful
people in the senior games," said Taylor. "The University
has done so much for us in letting us put them on. Former (UNCP) Chancellor
(Dr.) Joe Oxendine often came out and competed with us."
for the senior games, UNCP and Robeson County have led to him donating
no less than $50,000 to kick-off the phase two campaign.
such a terrific asset to the county," said Taylor, "and Robeson
County has been tremendous to me for the 49 years I've been here. Pembroke
has been wonderful to the senior citizens of our area, and to the senior
games. If we didn't have the facilities of UNCP and the people who run
them, we wouldn't have the games at all."
for the senior games is so strong, that he credits them for helping
to save his life. Several years ago Taylor had heart problems, and his
doctors told him he probably would not have survived had he not been
as physically fit as he was. Taylor was in excellent shape because he
trained year-round for the senior games.
Taylor was a track-and-field
star at UNC-Chapel Hill in the late 1940's, and he has participated
in athletics ever since. Taylor is also a generous benefactor to his
alma mater, endowing a scholarship in addition to other contributions.
UNCP track and field head coach Larry Rodgers said now UNC-Pembroke
will be indebted to Taylor.
contribution has provided a great start for our campaign to raise money
for phase two of our soccer and track complex," said Rodgers. "He
has always been a big supporter of athletics, and I am delighted he
has chosen UNCP to show his continuous love and dedication."
in making a donation to the phase two campaign can send their contribution
Dan Kenney, Director of Athletics
P.O. Box 1510
Pembroke, NC 28372
For more information
contact Dan Kenney at 910.521.6371 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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