ALVA, Okla. - Generous donations from members of the Alva community, like the Larry and Greg Glass families, are providing Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s student-athletes with opportunities to improve their skills as they make the transition to NCAA Division II.
In recognition of their generous gift that led to the installation of artificial turf at Myers Stadium, head baseball coach Ryan Bay, the Northwestern administration and the department of athletics have announced that the home baseball doubleheader on Saturday, April 14 will feature a pre-game recognition ceremony for the Glass family and an Alumni Day. First pitch is at 3 p.m.
The ceremony will include university president Dr. Janet Cunningham and athletic director Andy Carter joining the Glass family on the field to honor their contributions to the program. The first 200 fans in attendance will receive a Northwestern koozie. Free hot dogs will be served to the fans as long as supplies last.
“I have had the wonderful opportunity to get to know the Glass family,” Carter said. “They have made a tremendous impact on Northwestern Oklahoma State University and the Alva community. This gift provides a significant move forward for the Ranger baseball program, and we are forever grateful.”
Also, Bay and the department of athletics are honored to allow a member of the Glass family to throw out the first pitch as the Rangers take on Mid-America Christian University.
Bay invites all alumni to the park to see the beautiful new synthetic turf infield, as well as all of the recent improvements to Myers Stadium. The turf was installed just before the 2012 season began.
“On behalf of the Northwestern baseball program, I would like to thank the Glass family for providing the funding for our new turf infield,” Bay said. “This improvement will benefit our baseball team as well as area high school and junior high teams for many years to come. I am forever grateful for their continued support of our university and our program."
The infield gives Northwestern the opportunity to avoid rainouts more often and gives infielders a more natural bounce on ground balls. The turf allows for less field maintenance giving Bay and staff extra time for instructing players, recruiting and building the program. It also provides area schools a unique opportunity to play on a professional surface.
Thu, April 5, 2012
by Allan Scarabello