HPU Receives $2 Million Donation Toward Baseball Training Facility

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 24, 2009 – An anonymous out-of-state supporter has committed a $2 million gift for an indoor baseball training facility at High Point University. 

The facility – a fully enclosed, 11,000-square-foot structure that will include indoor batting and pitching cages, locker rooms for players and coaches, and other amenities – will be located next to Willard Stadium.

“This facility is the latest upgrade for the High Point University baseball program and Athletic Department,” says Craig Keilitz, athletic director. “Once again, we have a major donor to thank for supporting HPU and helping raise the profile of High Point University sports teams. The training facility will be a huge asset to coach Craig Cozart and his staff in helping HPU baseball players improve on the field.”

The indoor baseball training facility will include a hitting and pitching area, which will give the HPU baseball program a distinct advantage for training throughout the year. It will also include permanent video cameras that will be used for video review and training purposes. The facility will also feature a player lounge, a team conference room and trophy display area.
“The addition of this facility will further enhance the improvements made to Willard Stadium and Erath Field over the past three years,” said Cozart. “One of the most important aspects of any baseball program is the ability to develop the talent of the players on the team, and this facility will allow us to do that like never before. The facility helps differentiate High Point University from other baseball programs in the league and region, and it’s just another example of what makes HPU such an extraordinary place. I want to thank our donor for making this possible.”
“The university is fortunate to have so many individuals who realize the power in investing the educational experience for our students,” says Bill Doerr, senior director of institutional advancement. “We were delighted to partner with this donor to make a true and immediate impact on our athletic program.”

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America?s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education?s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at http://www.highpoint.edu/.

Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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