Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Mabee Foundation issues challenge grant for SBU Track and Turf Campaign

Southwest Baptist University News Release
Contact: Charlotte Marsch, Director of Marketing and Communications

BOLIVAR, Mo. – The Mabee Foundation recently issued a $300,000 challenge grant toward the $1.5 million Turf and Track Renovation project at Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar.

In order to receive the grant funding, the university must raise an additional $231,000 by June 30, which will complete the project.

“We are extremely grateful to the Mabee Foundation for approving this grant to help us finish out this project,” SBU President Dr. C. Pat Taylor said. “The Mabee Foundation has been extremely generous to SBU for decades, contributing approximately $3 million to facility projects on campus.” 

Built in 1985 and named for Robert W. Plaster, who was a major contributor to the project, SBU’s Plaster Stadium houses a football field and track. The stadium’s grass field will be replaced with a safer, all-weather synthetic turf for the football and soccer programs, as well as a state-of-the-art competition track. The stadium press box will be renovated and new lockers added to the Plaster Athletic Center. The renovations will benefit SBU students and the Bolivar community for years to come. Both the SBU and Bolivar High School varsity football teams host games on the field each fall.

The University plans to have the artificial turf installed and all the renovations completed by the fall of 2013.

"We are indeed grateful for the generosity of the Mabee Foundation and for the many other individuals and organizations who believe in the benefit this will provide, not only to SBU, but to the Bolivar community," said Dr. Brad Johnson, vice president for university relations. "We are fortunate to live in a community where so many people believe in SBU and its mission to serve students.”

Naming opportunities are still available. For more information, contact Johnson at (417) 328-1805 or or Taylor at (417) 328-1500 or

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