A generous donor has offered to match up to $200,000 in gifts made toward the construction of Grace College’s new $1.5 million dollar track and field complex.
“We are excited to announce that all donations made to the Bernard & Linnie Key Track and Field Complex will be matched by an anonymous donor, up to the amount of $200,000,” stated Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind. “Donors have already generously given $1.1 million dollars toward this project. We are grateful for this substantial pledge to help raise the remaining $400,000 of the project’s funding. We believe this new complex will be a great asset to our campus and community.”
The Bernard & Linnie Key Track and Field Complex is expected to be completed by fall of 2016. The sports facility will feature a 400-meter, nine-lane competition track; discus and hammer throw cages; high jump zone and pole vaulting facilities; long jump pits; javelin throw and shot put event areas; grandstand seating for 400 and a press box.
The name of the complex is in memory of Bernard and Linnie Key of South Bend whose lineage includes several Grace graduates. The Key family wished to honor Bernard and Linnie for their many years of generosity, service, and trust in God. The new complex will pay tribute to the Keys’ core values of “knowing the Word of God and running with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
“This addition to our athletics program will be a significant benefit to our athletes as well as the community,” stated Chad Briscoe, director of athletics at Grace College. “It will encourage our student-athletes in their pursuits, providing better training and hosting opportunities. We are excited to see how the new facility is used for the glory of God.”