Washburn University recently approved funding for a world class athletic facility, which includes indoor american football fields. These fields and the rest of the state of the art facility will soon be used by brazilian american football athletes, Arthur Rocha (Belo Horizonte, Minas Locomotiva / América Locomotiva) Lucas Martinez (Belo Horizonte, Rio Football Academy), Eduardo Nunes (Rio de Janeiro, Rio Football Academy), Gabriel Piola (Brasilia, Brasilia Alligators, Recife Mariners).
TOPEKA, Kan. – The Washburn Board of Regents at its meeting on March 28, voted unanimously to approve a $19.9 million indoor practice facility which will include the only 200-meter, banked indoor track in the NCAA Division II ranks in the country. The facility will be built in the area between the Washburn Softball Complex and Falley Field.
The benefits to a banked indoor track according to Ichabod track and field head coach Cameron Babb explains as “Think of it like NASCAR,” Babb said. “You can maintain velocity around a curve better when its banked. Track athletes can maintain their velocity around a bank while minimizing breakdown in running mechanics. Also, the way banked tracks are manufactured with steel frames and plywood makes the energy return with each running stride much better than a cement directly under the surface.”
The Washburn University Alumni Association and Foundation announced on Feb. 1, a $1.5 million matching gift challenge to the new Indoor Practice Facility at Washburn University.
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The gift, from a local family foundation of a dedicated Washburn alumnus, will match new or increased gifts to the practice facility up to $1.5 million. The donors want this matching gift to transform Washburn and add to the world-class facilities at the University.
“The Indoor Practice Facility will create a significant advantage for our coaches to continue to recruit top-notch student-athletes to our programs,” Loren Ferré, Washburn Athletics Director said.
“We are excited to get this project started. This indoor facility clearly signifies that Washburn University is committed to competing in the MIAA and Division II athletics at the highest level. The design of this indoor facility will allow all of our sports to recruit, train and develop the best student athletes in the country. When this facility is completed it will be utilized by every Washburn student athlete and bring pride and excitement to the entire Washburn family.”
“This will no doubt be a benefit to the baseball program, but to all of the Ichabod athletic teams. Our team will be able to practice together instead of spread out at different times and different locations when the Kansas weather will not allow us to be outside.”
“We are extremely excited and appreciative of this decision. Knowing that we will have a first-class indoor facility for our athletes is extremely beneficial to our athletic programs. It will also be a valuable asset in the recruiting process.”
4 more Brazilian american football players recently took major steps toward adding to the growing number of Brazilians playing American football at the university level.
“I can hardly begin to describe how excited I am about our plans for this indoor facility! A facility like this is something you dream about when thinking of what you need in order to have an elite program. It will not only benefit our track & field and cross country teams, but will also undoubtedly enhance all of our sports here at Washburn. Recruiting is a key component of any successful collegiate athletic program, and this facility will help us attract elite athletes across all sport disciplines. It shows current, former and future student athletes that we are dedicated to the development and success of our young men and women. I am most excited for our current athletes, who helped get this program off the ground. They have been doing a fantastic job of putting their head down and working to get better, without concern of what they do or do not have. This will finally give our athletes a place to be proud of calling home, and allow them to train at a high-level all year, as needed for our long competition seasons. I am beyond grateful to our administration, and Board of Regents members for working so hard on getting this accomplished. Their comprehensive campaign and vision will make a tremendous impact on Washburn University for years to come”
“I am super excited that Washburn has decided to move forward with the indoor training facility. In my short time here, it has been evident that WU is committed to investing in the best possible experience for our student-athletes; in the classroom, on the field and on campus. This facility is another great testament of the investment. With the increasing demands of the modern soccer player, the facility will provide a much-needed space for our players to continue their development through year-round functional training. It should also give us an edge in recruiting the very best student-athletes to our amazing campus.”
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