George Fox Baseball Campaign:
Help Us Slide Into HomeSept. 8, 2016
George Fox is incredibly proud of our strong baseball tradition, which includes an NCAA Division III national championship in 2004 and eight NCAA regional appearances. However, to achieve this incredible success on the field, the Bruins have had to overcome a significant challenge.
With the considerable rain in the Pacific Northwest, most of the universities with which George Fox competes have installed artificial turf playing surfaces. These fields allow teams to play and practice despite weather conditions, while also eliminating ongoing field maintenance. George Fox has continued to compete on a natural grass and dirt field, and still, the Bruins have remained competitive.
In 2014, the university launched a $900,000 fundraising campaign to address the pressing need for improved facilities and to better position the program for continued success.
Phase I (Completed in 2015): $250,000 to install a net backstop with additional space behind home plate, larger dugouts, expanded bullpens and storage facilities, and considerable site engineering
Phase II (Currently in Progress): $650,000 to install an artificial turf infield, artificial turf bullpens, new grandstands, and a new press box
Watch the installation of the artificial turf
To date, more than $720,000 of the overall goal has been secured and considerable enhancements have already been made, including the installation of the artificial turf infield in August. Fundraising for this critical project continues in earnest, with an additional $80,000 remaining for the newly installed artificial turf infield and $100,000 for the new grandstands and press box.
The completion of this project will be a true game changer for Bruin baseball, enhancing our ability to bring in top recruits, allowing us to host NCAA regional tournaments, and positioning the program to compete for additional championships. According to head coach Marty Hunter, “It's absolutely a great addition for the program. Facilities are part of the recruiting process. The better you can make things, the better the chance to get good players.”
As a key capital component of the Promise Campaign, our goal is to secure the remaining $180,000 this year in order to complete the planned facility improvements in 2017. To help us cross home plate with a gift commitment to the baseball project, contact Robby Larson at 503-554-2130 or email@example.com.