Adding artificial turf and lights to Frank M. Lindsay Field is edging closer to reality. The $1.4 million project is part of Millikin's "Transform MU" capital campaign.
The Workman Challenge
Recently, Gary Workman '64, a Millikin trustee, promised to match all commitments made to the turf and lights project - dollar for dollar - up to a total of $100,000.
"The Workman Challenge is a great opportunity to move the Big Blue forward on this important project," says Craig White, new director of athletics and recreation. "A turf surface will help attract and retain the quality of athlete that we need in our program to continue the heritage of Big Blue football and build new chapters of success."
The turf cost alone is $1.1 million.
The Don Shroyer End Zones
Last year, members of the 1961 undefeated football team provided the backing to name the two end zones in honor of their former coach, Don Shroyer '50.
Shroyer, a top running back for the Big Blue during his student days, was signed by the Chicago Bears. He returned to Millikin as head football coach in 1956, and was named conference Coach of the Year in 1961 after the team's undefeated season. During his career, he also served as offensive and defensive backfield coach and also was a linebacker coach for the then St. Louis Cardinals as well as coach of an SIU team that included future NFL quarterback Jim Hart. He returned to Decatur in the early 1970s to hold various positions with Decatur Public Schools before retiring in 1995.
Own your own piece of turf
Although the end zones may be named, alumni and friends can still "own" a piece of the field by funding individual parcels of the turf in a range of $200 to $500 per square yard, gifts that are eligible for the Workman Challenge match. All donors to the project will be recognized for their role in supporting a new and improved Frank M. Lindsay Field.