NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Bethel College has received $550,000 from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Okla. for the school’s new sports complex. The gift of $550,000 completes the challenge grant the Mabee Foundation had awarded last July. "The Mabee Foundation is a strong advocate of small colleges," said E. LaVerne Epp, Bethel president. "Their challenge has helped us achieve our campaign goal." To receive the grant, Bethel College had one year to raise an additional $2.1 million.
Alumni, friends, foundations and corporations, helped Bethel meet the Mabee Challenge. "Bethel’s constituents have never left a challenge grant on the table," said Sondra Koontz, vice president for advancement. "We are grateful for the support they offer this college."
Under construction, the 2,500 seat sports complex is scheduled for completion in August 2005. Dedication will take place at Bethel’s annual Fall Festival, October 1.
"This new facility is one more way in which Bethel is enhancing student life and creating opportunities for student participation," Epp said. "It is a place where students build relationships and develop leadership skills, and where the campus community finds time to play."
The facility includes a stadium, entry building and plaza, artificial turf football and soccer field, field events arena, eight lane equal quadrant track, practice football and soccer fields, and parking lot.
Bethel College has received four other Mabee Foundation challenge grants in the past.