Thursday, April 19, 2012
Unveiling the Joyce Family Athletic Village
We are unveiling the new Joyce Family Athletic Village, which includes more than $1.5 million in renovations over the past two years, including improvements to grading, irrigation and drainage for all of the athletic fields used for soccer, baseball, softball and intramurals. Improvements also included new scoreboards, new brick field backstops for baseball and softball, expanded seating for spectators, ornamental fencing and monument gates.
One of the most significant upgrades included lighting the fields which enabled LETU teams to play their first home nighttime games in the school's 65-year history. Because the lighting allows us to schedule games at night, we have been able to reduce the number of hours that student-athletes have to miss classes for games.
These new fields have already served hundreds of student-athletes, as well as more than 700 outdoor intramural participants this academic year.
Our gratitude also extends to Eastman Chemical, after which we are naming our intramural fields as The Eastman Intramural Fields.
Others who have partnered with us significantly on this project include Joe and Paula Nowiczewski, Texas Bank and Trust, Bill Hibbs of Hibbs Hallmark Insurance, Trey Patterson of Patterson Nissan, AEP/Southwestern Electric Power, Community Bank, East Texas Mack Sales, Nancy and Al Mendez and Dean and Brenda Waskowiak of Encore Multimedia.
To all of these donors, we say thank you!