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Jonesboro Family Gives UA $2.5M for Baseball & Track Training Center
Baseball and track training center at the University of Arkansas. Photo courtesy: Walt Beazley
FAYETTEVILLE, AR (News release) - The Wallace and Jama Fowler Family has made a $2.5 million gift to help fund the University of Arkansas’ new Baseball and Track Training Center, it was announced by Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long.
In recognition of the gift, a resolution will be formally considered by the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees at its scheduled meeting on July 17 to officially name the facility the Fowler Family Baseball and Track Training Center. The nearly completed indoor facility is connected to the north end of the Randal Tyson Track Center and will serve more than 150 Razorback student-athletes.
“We are grateful to members of the Wallace and Jama Fowler family for their $2.5 million gift in support of this beautiful new facility,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. “The Fowlers’ generous support of our institution and our students has been extraordinary. Their most recent gift for the Fowler Family Baseball and Track Training Center has helped provide Razorback student-athletes, in three of our most successful programs, a significant competitive advantage in the SEC and nationally. We are extremely honored to have the Fowlers name associated with such a transformational facility for our program.”
The Fowlers are longtime benefactors of the University of Arkansas and have served the institution both through service and philanthropic efforts. The Fowlers have previously served the University of Arkansas on the Campaign of the Twenty-First Century Steering Committee, the Campaign Arkansas Steering Committee and the Leadership and Principal Gifts Committee.
They have also demonstrated their generosity through their financial support of the University of Arkansas in establishing the Chancellor’s residence, known as the Wallace W. and Jama M. Fowler House and most recently the soon to be named Fowler Family Baseball and Track Training Center.
"Both Jama and I and our sons Wally, Chris, Mark, and their families want to say thanks,” Wallace Fowler said. “Our entire family is very honored to be presented with the opportunity to participate with the Baseball and Track Training Center project. As supporters of both academic and athletic activities of the U of A, we are very excited to help.
“Baseball and track have been outstanding programs for the Razorbacks for many years. The Training Center is a fantastic new and nationally recognized addition which will no doubt provide many benefits for years to come."
The Fowler Family Baseball and Track Training Center is near completion and will give a tremendous boost to the nationally ranked Razorback baseball, men’s and women’s track and field programs.
The facility provides approximately 52,000 square feet of climate-controlled practice space, including a full size practice infield, throwing area, batting areas and ancillary team spaces. For track and field it provides an expansive check in and warm up area for track meets and will allow all indoor meet throwing events to be held on site.
The Fowler Family’s gift marked substantial progress toward meeting the fundraising goal for the project. Additional gifts are still being sought to meet the fundraising goal for the facility being funded by a combination of capital gifts, athletic revenues and proceeds from a bond issue. The total project cost was $9.1 million.
The Fowler Family Baseball and Track Training Center will be the first project completed as part of the Never Yield campaign.