PILOT MOUNTAIN — Few would complain about the quality of the East Surry High School athletic facilities, including the baseball and softball fields in the Armfield Center complex, where the Cardinals roared to conference titles both sports this past spring.
However, the status of the support buildings is a different story, as all that exists is a small building behind the tennis courts that serves as a concession stand and restrooms, and another one on the softball field that can serve as a press box and concession stand. The problem has been discussed for a number of years, and action is now being taken to rectify it.
“We’re trying to update the facilities,” said East Surry athletic director and softball coach Randy Marion. “This has been in the works for about four years now. We want to build a 2,500 square foot building between the baseball and softball fields. It will have room for concessions, restrooms, and dressing rooms for the players.
“We already have bids from construction companies, and this will be about a $300,000 project. But we need about $50,000 to get going, and then we can finance the rest.”
The project is under the auspices of the East Surry Athletic Boosters, and they have made a call for public donations through a Go Fund Me page. The page was launched on Thursday, with a goal of raising the initial $50,000 needed to get the ball rolling. The Boosters need the money by Aug. 1 in order to break ground on the facility in time for the 2018 spring sports season — a year in which the Cardinals and Lady Cardinals are likely to go off as one of the favorites for their respective state championships.
“East Surry High School has a long tradition of success, both in the classroom and in athletic competition. Unfortunately all of our facilities aren’t on par with this tradition of success,” says the first paragraph of the Go Fund Me page asking for community support for the project.
In the first day that the page was up, a total of $1,800 was pledged.
“We’re really hoping to break ground in the fall,” said Marion. “We put up the Go Fund Me page because we wanted to get the word out to our alumni who might not be in the area anymore, but would like to support East Surry athletics. We were really excited to have $1,800 pledged on the first day of the campaign.”
Donors will be recognized on a marker that will be placed on the new fieldhouse once it is completed. Any person or company who donates $500 or more will be a “Home Run” sponsor, and anyone who contributes $1,000 or more will be known as a “Grand Slam” sponsor.
East Surry Athletic Boosters is a certified non-profit organization and any donations given are tax-deductible.
Anyone who wishes to make a donation to the project can do so online at https://www.gofundme.com/eastsurryfieldhouse.
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