College teams thankful for donated materials and labor from local businesses
The Southwestern Oregon Community College Baseball and Softball teams partnered with local businesses over the summer to complete two projects essential to the programs.
With the donated help of time, resources and energy, the coaches were able to finish the Baseball/Softball Athletic Training facility and complete an artificial turf project on the baseball and softball fields.
A giant thank you goes out to Robin for her contributions to this project,” said Daniel Esposito, Head Baseball Coach at Southwestern.
Many of the contributions were in-kind gifts to the project. RP&T Trucking and CR Post Trucking Inc. each hauled a ten-yard truckload of rock free of charge. 3D Development and Jerry Warbis Trucking each hauled two ten-yard truckloads of rock. The City of North Bend coordinated the donation and delivery of ten yards of sand with the International Port of Coos Bay. Knife River facilitated the donation of the appropriate rock necessary for proper grading of the artificially-turfed surfaces. Coos Bay Timber Products donated 5 loads of larger rock to the project free of charge.
Robynn Reed, a local area businessperson and mother of Southwestern Laker Baseball player Adam Reed, coordinated the donation process and made initial contacts within the community. Her efforts resulted in the estimated $50,000 job being completed for less than $8,000.
“A giant thank you goes out to Robin for her contributions to this project,” said Daniel Esposito, Head Baseball Coach at Southwestern. “Many individuals went out of their way to make this project successful. We are grateful to each and every one of them. Without their effort and many contributions, we would still only be talking about a dream.”
The projects were internally supported and administrated by many at the college, primarily Athletic Director John Speasl. He had put the two projects at the top of the list for improvements on campus this past summer, securing rock and providing the use of his personal tools that were necessary to complete the project.
The Southwestern Laker Baseball program will honor those companies that supported the project with a sign to be hung on the field near the third base dugout.
“The projects completed this last summer with help from local business people have contributed to a positive experience for all of the student athletes who participate in the softball and baseball programs,” said Esposito.