SHARE TRUST PROVIDES $1.5 MILLION LEAD GIFT TO REBUILD FOOTBALL, BASEBALL FACILITIES
The Charles Morton Share Trust of Alva has pledged a lead gift of $1.5 million to Northwestern Oklahoma State University to begin the school’s “Vision for Victory” plan of rebuilding its intercollegiate football and baseball facilities.
The gift ties the largest gift ever given to Northwestern, also from the Share Trust, and represents the largest gift ever given to the university’s athletics program.
Northwestern recently completed a plan that calls for approximately $4 million in new construction for the football and baseball complexes. The plan is broken up into four projects, including the construction of a new football locker room and athletics weight training facility, a new press box and public use facility at the football stadium, new permanent seating at the baseball field, and a new indoor practice facility to be shared by the baseball and softball programs.
“Today is an historic day in the history of athletics at Northwestern and the members of the Share Trust deserve credit for having the vision and demonstrating the leadership to transform the face of Ranger athletics,” said Dr. Janet Cunningham, president. “The Share Trust members have my personal gratitude and the appreciation of the entire Northwestern family.”
Members of the Share Trust include Jim Holder, Ray Dean Linder, Johnny Jones and Darrell Kline of Alva and B. Michael Carroll of Oklahoma City.
“Our ability to attract the region’s top students and athletes will be enhanced by these facilities, which will be among the best in small college athletics,” Cunningham said. “Players, cheerleaders, parents and fans will want to be a part of this athletic renaissance.”
Cunningham said this lead gift is a tremendous start to the plan but also challenged Northwestern alumni and fans to play their part in the “Vision for Victory” plan.
“The Share Trust gift represents a great start but now we need other alumni and fans to step forward and support the vision for Ranger athletics,” Cunningham said. “This is a great opportunity for people to make the gift of a lifetime.”
Cunningham said she hopes sufficient gifts are received to begin construction work on initial projects within the next six months.
Alva High School’s football teams also will benefit from the gift as the Goldbugs use Ranger Field for home games.
This latest gift from the Share Trust continues its long history of support for Northwestern. The organization also contributed $1.5 million in 1996 for the construction of the J.R. Holder Wellness Center and is a long-time supporter of the Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series, homecoming band activities and the Heartland BEST robotics competition.
A multi-sport indoor practice facility is planned for the NWOSU baseball stadium. It will be constructed along the west side of the field, down the third base line.
Permanent seating is planned for the NWOSU baseball stadium incorporating the modern sports use of brick and iron work.