Knox alumna Mrinalini Chakraborty '12, national field coordinator for the Women’s March, was recently intervi...
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The Prairie Fire men's and women's soccer teams have proven themselves in the Midwest Conference and have garnered national attention. Now, Knox has an unprecedented opportunity to make itself a premier destination for serious and competitive soccer players who are also looking for an academically rigorous college education.
As we recruit, we are competing for top student-athletes against our Midwest Conference rivals like St. Norbert and Lake Forest, and also against schools with national reputations, such as Kenyon and Trinity. Knox does so from a competitive disadvantage, however, because each of those schools can offer top prospects something we cannot—larger, newer, state-of-the-art soccer facilities. This project aims to level that playing field (so to speak).
We estimate these enhancements will cost about $1.2 million. The first phase will focus on gifts for the field and lights and is estimated at $1 million. Thanks to the generosity of more than 20 alumni, we are half way to that goal. Once the full funding is in place, construction of the field and lights should take approximately 2-3 months. We plan to complete the soccer complex with the amenities mentioned above, and—if these enhancements inspire other donors to join in—the final phase would add a press box and storage facility.
The renovated Prats Soccer Field features synthetic turf, allowing for both practice and game play on the same venue in all types of weather.
The proposed arched gateway to the soccer field replicates similar gateways at the Knosher Bowl and Trevor Field/Turner Track.
Lights allow for expanded practice opportunities and expanded options for scheduling games later in the day or evenings.
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