Vice President for Advancement
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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).
The renovation plan is a phased approach. Phase one will:
Phase two will:
We estimate these enhancements will cost about $1.5 million. The first phase is estimated at $1 million and thanks to the generosity of more than 75 alumni, we are within $21,000 of that goal. While fundraising for phase one continues, the new turf and fencing were installed during summer 2018 and the field was dedicated during Family & Friends Weekend September 2018.
Phase 1: 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.
More than 6,600 alumni, faculty, staff, and friends made gifts to Knox during FY2019. Gifts to the Knox Fund totaled more than $3.7 million, while another $7.6 million went toward campus facility improvements, including the Phase I renovation of the Umbeck Science-Mathematics Center.
recognized for their lifetime achievements, generosity, and contributions to their communities