Houghton College has announced that it exceeded the fundraising goal of $100,000 through the Highlander Athletics Team Challenge Campaign that ended on December 31, 2012. A total of $102,700 was given by 276 donors.
The Team Challenge competition encouraged alumni athletes to join with their former teammates to raise $100,000 to assist with the cost for the construction of the new Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex. The baseball team came out as the winner of the challenge with a total of $12,107 in donations. .
“We are very thankful for the gracious support of our alumni in meeting this challenge,” said H. “Skip” Lord, executive director of intercollegiate athletics at Houghton. “This is a strong indication of their support for this transformational project. The Kerr-Pegula Complex will be a blessing to Houghton College and the surrounding community for decades to come.”
In December of 2011, Kim (Kerr) Pegula and her husband Terry Pegula donated $12 million to Houghton College for the building of a new athletic complex. Through this initial donation, a substantial financial base for the athletic complex was established, although additional funds are needed to complete the project.
This summer the initial phase of the project began with the installation of artificial turf on Burke Field, providing a multisport practice and competition surface for soccer, lacrosse and field hockey. Ground was also broken this fall on the baseball and softball stadiums. The third phase of the project, set to begin this spring, will be a field house that will provide a competition-quality, eight-lane 200-meter indoor track, competition tennis courts, practice space for outdoor sports during inclement weather and a venue for other large campus and community events.
For more on the $100K Team Challenge, please visit http://www.houghton.edu/giving/athletics/.