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Southwestern offers the finest liberal arts education and athletics department in Texas, thanks to the ideas, energy, and financial gifts received from parents, alumni and friends.

Gifts to the Pirate Fund support the future of the educational and athletic experience for our student-athletes in a variety of ways. The Pirate Fund combines money raised from camps, donations and the Pirate Golf Classic to provide enhancements and upgrades to our existing athletic facilities.

The Pirate Fund is comprised of gifts for building projects and additions to our athletic facilities. Recent donations have allowed us to complete the following projects as seen on the right.

 

Needs On the Horizon

  • Lights at Taylor-Sanders Softball Field (read more)
  • Rockwell Family Baseball Field Press Box and Seating upgrades (read more)
  • Soccer/Lacrosse Field upgrades (read more)
  • Expand Robertson Center to add locker rooms
  • Addition of tierd seating at Soccer/Lacrosse Fields
  • Addition of new concession building and restrooms to serve athletic complex

 

 

 

 

 




Softball Field Lights
Located on the east side of campus just behind Rockwell Family Baseball Field, the Taylor-Sanders Softball Field is home to the Pirate softball team.

Presently, our softball lacks lights to support night games and practices. Lighting athletic fields for evening play is a standard practice throughout the country. With the ability to play and practice at night:

  • Students, parents and spectators will have an increased ability to watch games without daytime conflicts.
  • Allows for more flexible practice hours allowing student-athletes to be more involved in other school related activities.
  • Would eliminate the need to rent time at the local city park.
  • Help avoid missed class time with games played at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. instead of 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. double-headers.
  • Increase chances for Southwestern University to host the SCAC Softball Championship Tournament.
  • Allows the team to make up games and practice due to inclement weather.
  • Allows Southwestern University to host outside events for increased revenue.

 




Baseball Press Box and Seating Upgrades
Home to the Pirates baseball team, the Rockwell Family Baseball Field is located on the east side of campus.

The ultimate goal in the renovation of the Rockwell Family Baseball Field is to create a fan-friendly facility and to encourage a family ballpark atmosphere while enhancing the possibility of hosting NCAA Championships.

  • Seating renovations would boost seating capacity and allow fans to enjoy a better view of the playing field.
  • A renovated and expanded press box would provide a professional, spacious and comfortable workplace for writers, broadcasters and members of the Southwestern Department of Athletics.
  • An updated press box would allow a clear view of the field from an elevated workplace.
  • An updated press box would allow for the addition of a concession area and improved restroom facilities.

 




Soccer and Lacrosse Field Upgrades
Home to the Pirates soccer and lacrosse teams, the Varisty Athletic Field is located on the east side of campus.

The ultimate goal in the renovation of the Varsity Athletic Field is to create a fan-friendly facility and to encourage a family atmosphere while enhancing the possibility of hosting NCAA Championships.

  • Seating renovations would boost seating capacity and allow fans to enjoy a better view of the playing field
  • A renovated and expanded press box would provide a professional, spacious and comfortable workplace for writers, broadcasters and members of the Southwestern Department of Athletics.
  • An updated press box would allow a clear view of the field from an elevated workplace
  • Field improvements would allow for improved restroom facilities.
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Fundrasing Goals Southwestern Athletics continues to try and create fan-friendly facilities while encouraging a family atmosphere while enhancing the possibility of hosting NCAA Championships.