Washburn announces $1.5M challenge for Indoor Practice Facility

Courtesy: Washburn Athletics

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – The Washburn University Alumni Association and Foundation is announce Thursday a $1.5 million matching gift challenge to the new Indoor Practice Facility at Washburn University.

The gift, from a local family foundation of a dedicated Washburn alumnus, will match new or increased gifts to the practice facility up to $1.5 million. The donors want this matching gift to transform Washburn and add to the world-class facilities at the University.

Loren Ferré, Washburn Athletics director, said this challenge will be an important opportunity for alumni, friends and the community to come together to support the future of Washburn Athletics.

“The Indoor Practice Facility will create a significant advantage for our coaches to continue to recruit top-notch student-athletes to our program,” Ferré said. “We hope former student athletes and friends of Washburn Athletics will take full advantage of this generous challenge to help us reach our fundraising goal.”

In December 2017, the Washburn Board of Regents unanimously approved a proposal for the university to build an Indoor Practice Facility on campus. The project will feature a 100-yard indoor field for football, space for baseball and softball to practice concurrently, ample space for the soccer team, an indoor track and meeting rooms.

Washburn University President Jerry Farley said this project is reflective of Washburn’s commitment to athletic excellence and continuing to build upon a Division II program.

“This challenge will help us build a facility that will position our student-athletes for continued success, and we are thankful for the donors who are willing to lead us on this project.”

“We are grateful for this family foundation’s vision and generous match and look forward to working with former student-athletes, alumni and friends of Washburn Athletics to make this new practice facility a reality,” said Marshall Meek, president, Washburn University Alumni Association and Foundation

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