NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Okla., has awarded Bethel College a $550,000 challenge grant for the school’s sports complex campaign. To receive the grant, Bethel College must raise an additional $2.1 million by July 14, 2005. The purpose of a challenge grant is to provide incentive for enlisting the support of a broad base of donors. "We appreciate the challenge factor of the grant," says Bethel President E. LaVerne Epp. "Our constituents have an admirable history of responding to challenge grants, and we are confident that that they will feel ownership in this student-focused project as well."
Located north of present campus buildings, the $5.5 million sports complex will include a 2,500 seat stadium, 500 visitors’ seats, artificial turf football and soccer field, eight lane equal quadrant track, track and field venues, practice fields, entry building, storage facility and parking area.
College officials expect site development to begin in early August and construction soon after. Bethel teams plan to play in the sports complex in the fall of 2005.
"We consider it an honor to receive this expression of confidence from the Mabee Foundation," Epp says. "The Mabee Foundation is a strong advocate of small colleges, and we are deeply grateful for their support."
In past years, Bethel has received four other Mabee Foundation challenge grants. The most recent was a $1.4 million challenge grant that was completed in 2000.