Halfway There: An Update on the Soar Campaign

In the imagination of some, fans are already cheering their Eagles to victory in expanded, world-class athletic facilities. Planners of the Soar Campaign for Eagle Excellence report nearly $5 million has been raised toward a $10.8 million goal. As the fundraising effort continues, several contractors are pursuing bids for the construction project. The new facilities will include:

  • new tennis courts
  • additional gym space
  • synthetic turf fields
  • outdoor lighting
  • a stadium complex with locker rooms, concessions, restrooms and a press box

Over 20,000 households—alumni, parents and other friends—received mailings between July and September. This fall, student volunteers led a phonathon effort to contact them personally.

By December 31, 2013, campaign planners hope to raise the remaining nearly $6 million. With the projected three-year pledge commitments and onetime gifts, contractors will break ground in spring 2014. Facilities will be ready for Eagle athletes by fall 2014.

Kirby Stoll, senior director of Advancement Services said, “Prayer is a big part of the Soar Campaign. We are asking everyone to commit to prayer—and also to consider what their part might be in committing financially.”

“Athletics are a tool to build the total person,” said Northwestern Trustee Russ Reynolds. “I believe the expansion of our athletic fields provides physical assets that will expand the reach and impact of activities for current and future students.”

Learn more about opportunities to help expand University of Northwestern through the Soar Campaign.

“There’s an immediate need for these facilities for students,” said Russ Reynolds, whose father, Chub Reynolds,  served as a coach, teacher and athletic director at Northwestern between 1980 and 1990. “We are trying to juggle needs with limited physical assets. Of course, Northwestern offers much more than great playing fields to current and prospective students. But to reach new students, we need to be aware of the facilities that many high schools and other comparable institutions offer. Today, there is a gap.”