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Goucher allocates money for synthetic field

Aug 28, 2008 5:00:49 PM

The NCAA News

Goucher has allocated part of a bequest from two longtime supporters for installation of a new synthetic turf field that will help address increasing usage of its Beldon Field.

The funds come from a $3.7 million gift from the estate of Alonzo Decker Jr., the former Black and Decker Manufacturing Company chief executive officer who died in 2002, and his wife, Virginia Decker, who had enrolled in continuing-education classes at the college before her death last year.

The bequest will also be applied to completion of The Athenaeum, a new library building that officials describe as the centerpiece of its campus, and for other college priorities, including an expansion of the Sports and Recreation Center’s weight room and cardio-fitness spaces.

The later facility will be renamed the Virginia and Alonzo Decker Jr. Sports and Recreation Center, and the school’s Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology also will be named for the Deckers.

“The Deckers had great passion and respect for higher education,” said President Sanford J. Ungar. “They knew that a liberal arts education like the one offered at Goucher can change lives.”

The new turf field will help in addressing recent growth of the college’s outdoor programs.

“The beauty of a turf field is that is gives us the ability to practice and play in any weather,” said Geoff Miller, the school’s director of physical education and athletics. “And because of its size, we can have more than one team practicing on the new turf field at the same time. We can also expand the intramural program, which benefits the entire Goucher community.”

The men’s and women’s soccer teams play on Beldon Field and will continue to do so, while the field hockey team will move most if not all of its games from Gopher Stadium to the new surface. Lacrosse teams also may play games there when bad weather makes the stadium field unplayable.

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