Thank you to everyone that helped make the Field of Champions Campaign a reality! whether you donated time or money or both it is all very much appreciated. Please join me in thanking those within the club that played a major role in this project - Tim Vom Steeg, Dave Odell, Lisa Douglas, Lorie Bacon, Darcia Stebbens Scottee Reid, Loyd Biggs & Billy Gallagher. We now have a field we can call home!
John and Mardi Warkentin and members of the Puailoa family cut the ribbon at opening of the Warkentin Stadium and Puailoa Field at San Marcos High School. The Field of Champions, a nonprofit local group that set a million dollar goal to build a permanent turf field at San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, celebrated its completion as hundreds of supporters and student athletes looked on yesterday.
The 40-year-old soccer/track/football/general purpose grass field was completed over the summer; a new track circling the multi-use field was also added to the construction plans. A $500,000 gift from the Warkentin Family included $100,000 designated for improvements to the nine-year-old track and the addition of track and field competition space.
The fundraising partnership “The Field of Champions Campaign” was forged with the Santa Barbara Soccer Club, San Marcos High School, and community members to achieve the common goal of enhancing the quality of the Sut Puailoa Field at San Marcos High School, used by over 24,000 youth athletes, community groups, coaches, teachers, spectators, and community members a year.
$40,000 still needs to be raised. Anyone interested in contributing to The Field of Champions may contact Scottee Reid at (805) 679-7592, donate on-line at www.thefieldofchampions.org, or mail to TFOC, P.O. Box 60208, Santa Barbara CA 93160. Donations can be earmarked for the turf field or to track improvements.