The Houghton Department of Athletics and the Department of Advancement have launched a two-month fundraising campaign to get former Highlander athletes into the competitive spirit and directly involved in the Kerr-Pegula Athletics Complex construction project.
Alumni who were involved in Purple & Gold, intramurals, cheerleading and intercollegiate athletics are invited to be a part of the Team Challenge to raise $100,000 by December 31.
The Complex is already under way, thanks to an initial $12 million gift from Kim (Kerr) Pegula and her husband, Terry. This summer artificial turf was added to Burke Field to provide a multisport practice and competition surface for soccer, lacrosse and field hockey, and ground was broken this fall on baseball and softball stadiums. The third phase of the project 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.
Though the very generous lead gift by the Pegulas provided a substantial base, additional funds are needed to complete the complex.
“We are very excited about this project and the impact it will have. It will obviously provide quality competition and training facilities for our intercollegiate athletes, but it will also expanded opportunities for our intramural and recreational athletes, while providing a larger site for events outside of athletics that can be hosted by the college and community,” said Houghton Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics H. “Skip” Lord. “We see it as a tremendous economic engine for the village of Houghton and Allegany County. Doing this project properly is going to require the partnership of all those who have benefited over the years from their time at Houghton. I want to encourage everyone to get involved. This friendly ‘Team’ competition provides a venue for that participation.”
Alumni athletes are invited to join with their former teammates and their chosen teams to challenge other Highlander teams before the clock runs out on December 31.