Welcome to WA's Capital Campaign
Why New Fields
According to Blaine Steeves, Athletic Director, the Academy has had to turn down numerous requests for field use from elementary schools and organizations, like the Downeast Youth Soccer Association, due to overuse. “Our fields are often a mud pit. Six WA high school teams and three pee wee and junior high teams all play on the same overlapping space between the existing baseball, softball, and football/soccer fields. There is no time for fields to recover between seasons.”
And quite frankly, WA was not the only one saying “no.” Other schools have refused to play on the Academy fields, citing risk of injury on muddy and torn-up field conditions. The school has also had to relocate soccer and baseball games, forfeiting its home field advantage. According to Campaign Chair and Trustee, Larry Barker, “Our teams are growing stronger every season, but our field space is grossly limited. We want to foster Raider Pride, giving our students access to the best facilities available, but right now are fields are below standard.”
The creation of a separate game field for football and soccer will elimate overlap and overuse, reducing maintenance as well. The new lighted field will be located behind the school’s tennis courts and will provide a whole new level of excitement to Friday night football and home soccer games. It will also open the doors for field use to outside organizations.
In addition to the new field, WA’s campaign will include resurfacing of the existing softball, baseball and football/soccer fields, as well as new dugouts, batting cages, and bullpens.
With a successful fundraising campaign, the new football/soccer field could be completed in time for the first game in fall 2015. Renovations on the other fields would be complete for the first pitch in 2016.
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Now is the Time for WA Athletics.
Please join in this important effort to support the programs and student-athletes we admire. Your gift will help ensure a future full of promise.
For more information, please contact Charlene Cates in the Development Office.
Or invest now by giving online or by mailing your check or money order to the WA Development Office, PO Box 190, East Machias, Maine 04630.
The following naming opportunities are available:
New Competition Football and Soccer Field $175,000
Softball Field $35,000
Baseball Field $35,000
Practice Football and Soccer Field $35,000
Press Box $25,000
Dugouts (each) $7,500
Batting Cage/Bullpen $5,000