College Announces Initial Lead Gift to Kick Off “Valley Will Roll!” Campaign
Dr. Bonnie Humphrey, Missouri Valley College President, has announced the launch of the “Valley Will Roll Campaign” and an initial lead gift from the Walker C & Marjorie Fletcher Family Foundation. The campaign has been established to raise funds for The Walker C. Fletcher Athletic Complex. The new, standalone 28,000+ square foot facility will be located just south of the Burns Center and house a wrestling training room, athletic training room, state-of-the-art strength training room, coaches offices, a conference room and six locker rooms.
“This complex will be extremely beneficial to so many people on our campus,” said Tom Fifer, athletic director and executive vice president. “We are fortunate to have seen substantial growth over the past several years in our athletic department with the addition of new sports and sports teams. By adding additional space, our student-athletes will have the ability to practice and train in a more timely fashion. Currently our athletes must share the space we have, which pushes their practices very late into the night. The addition of this facility and the new south practice field will allow our athletes to complete their practices on most nights by 8:00 p.m.”
The Burns Center, which was built in 1991, was designed for fewer sports teams and student-athletes. The construction of the new facility not only provides for more practice space, but it also frees up space in Burns for academic classrooms, additional athletic training space, and for coaching offices. Humphrey says the impact of the facility will reach across many areas of campus and be beneficial to students.
“This athletic complex will positively impact the lives of our students beyond their sport,” Humphrey said. “By allowing our students to have practice and training at more reasonable hours and in a more constant routine, they will have more time for academic preparation, and will be able to more fully engage in student activities and programs on campus.”
Humphrey is pleased with the interest in the Campaign up to this point, and looks forward to more support from alumni and friends.
“It is a very exciting time at Missouri Valley College,” Humphrey said. “It is a great time for alumni and friends to take part in making a positive transformation on our campus. It is my hope that everyone who has supported or worn the purple and orange will be a part of the Valley Will Roll Campaign to help make a difference in the lives of not only our current students, but for future students also.”
Construction on the facility is planned to begin in late Fall 2018.