Reinhardt senior Mike Smothers (center), a catcher for the Reinhardt Eagles baseball team, hands off the ball to Ken White '61 (left) to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Reinhardt College Eagles baseball game on Friday, February 19, 2010. White, a longtime Reinhardt trustee, funded the installation of the first lights on the College's athletic fields.
The athletic fields in the Jim and Syble Boring Sports Complex at Reinhardt College were officially dedicated to C. Ken White '61 on Friday, February 19, 2010 during an Eagles baseball game. White, a longtime Reinhardt trustee, funded the installation of the first lights on the College's athletic fields. At the start of the game, White threw out the ceremonial first pitch, and then as the sun set, he switched on the field lights for the team's first time competing under the lights.
For the Students
"I made this donation for the students," said White, a resident of Rocky Face, Ga. "I wanted to give them opportunities to attend more games and support their athletic peers. Also, having such outstanding facilities would aid in the success of our athletic department."
In honor of White's generous donation, the athletic fields, which include the baseball, softball, lacrosse and soccer fields, were named the Ken White Fields. A large stone monument was erected between the baseball and softball fields as a permanent reminder of this honor.
Dr. Roger Lee, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, added to White's comments. "Completing this goal opens opportunities for multiple sporting event options but more so allows our student-athletes to miss less class time because games can be scheduled later."
Reinhardt President Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood also hopes alumni and community members will attend more games. "The addition of evening games will make it easier for the community and alumni to come to Reinhardt and see a game and enjoy the high level of skill of our athletes and the excitement of our games."
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