To provide excellent facilities for the "team to beat” in Division III college baseball, George Fox has launched an $800,000 fundraising campaign. We are proud of our strong baseball tradition, which includes a 2004 national championship, and are making this investment to ensure the program will continue to excel in the future.
In Phase I, generous supporters committed $250,000 to install a new net backstop with additional space behind home plate, new larger dugouts, new expanded bullpens, and new storage facilities. Most importantly, Phase I established the field’s final footprint, essential for the next phase.
Phase II, totaling $550,000, includes installation of an artificial turf infield (through the outfield apron) and artificial turf bullpens. The new turf infield will mitigate the weather challenges of practicing and playing in the Pacific Northwest.
As part of the campaign, new baseball lockers have been built in the Bruin team room and are being “sold” to help support the drive – 50 lockers at $2,000 each. Purchased lockers will have individualized donor plaques/nameplates affixed to honor former or current Bruin players and/or family members.
Please consider making a contribution today! Naming opportunities are available.
April 2016 Update
As of April 1, more than $360,000 has been secured toward Phase II! Additionally, we have raised nearly $58,000 toward the $100,000 Miller Matching Challenge! To move forward with the installation of the artificial turf infield, we need to complete the match by securing gifts and commitments by May 1, 2016. Doing so will allow us the time complete the project prior to the start of Fall Ball.
To date, more than 90 individuals, families, and businesses have supported the campaign. See the list.
Check out the project updates already completed on the Bruin Baseball Facebook Page.
Miller Matching Challenge
Recently, Paul '69 and Judy '89, '04 Miller, announced that they would make a $100,000 gift to match commitments coming from other baseball alumni, parents, and friends of Bruin Baseball. Recognizing the importance of this campaign and the need to get turf installed, Paul, a George Fox baseball alumnus, made the commitment to specifically challenge other baseball alumni. As a result, our hope is that at least $50,000 of this match will come from baseball alumni. As a true match, the Millers will match every gift dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000. Achieving this match will leave less than $100,000 to install the artificial turf.
March 2016 Update
Phase I improvements have been completed, including the new backstop, dugouts, and bullpens. In addition, the university funded a new scoreboard, which was installed prior to the start of the 2016 season.Contact Dave Adrian (503-554-2113) or Robby Larson (503-554-2130) in University Advancement with any questions about supporting the campaign. Or, contact one of the Baseball Campaign Committee members:
- Chris Mason, Co-Chair and former Bruin Baseball parent (Carl '13)
- Andy Rapacz, Co-Chair and former Bruin Baseball parent (Josh '13, Zach '15)
- Eric Bell '03, Bruin Baseball alumnus and 2003 Northwest Conference “Player of the Year”
- Marty Hunter, Head Coach
- Kevin Kopple '06, Bruin Baseball alumnus and Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
- Craig Taylor '74, Athletic Director