In 1892, Wheaton’s baseball team headed off to play in the College’s first-ever off-campus sporting competition. Now, after 120 years on the road, it will finally have a field of its own. The Lee Pfund Stadium at Legion Field, named in honor of Wheaton’s winningest basketball and baseball coach, seeks to better equip Wheaton’s baseball program to help young athletes develop their athletic skills, their hearts, and their minds for Christ and His Kingdom.
Athletics at Wheaton College have always been about far more than winning games. Wheaton wants to equip its student athletes for life both on and off the field. The Lee Pfund Stadium serves that mission by freeing up valuable resources of time and money that can then be redirected towards the player’s personal and athletic development. Matt Husted, Head Baseball Coach, puts it this way: “Although I desire and expect championships on the field I want our guys to experience things with their teammates on and off the field that challenge and change them. I want them to…grow into leaders in their marriages, their churches, their companies, and in their communities.”
And of course winning is important too, which is why we hope this new field will allow us to recruit first-class players by providing a playing experience that ranks at the top of any offered by NCAA Division III colleges and universities.
In order to provide a complete, CCIW-quality baseball facility, $1.4 million is still needed. This money will cover the completion of several key elements:
- Spectator seating
- Press box
- Locker rooms
“Finishing,” Coach Husted explains, “is a concept that we stress in our program. We want to finish strong every time we are on the field, but we also want to finish strong with excellence whatever we are a part of in life.” And Lee Pfund Stadium is no exception. Completing this facility to a high standard will help ensure that the baseball program, like every program at Wheaton, can strive for excellence for the sake of Christ and His Kingdom.
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