Thanks to a grant from the McMahon Foundation, Cameron University will soon install lights at McCord Field, home of Aggie baseball, and at McMahon Field, the home of Aggie softball. The $365,000 award will provide funding of $188,000 for lighting and increased electrical capacity at McCord Field and $177,000 for lighting on the softball playing field.
Thanks to the board members of the McMahon Foundation, we can upgrade two of our athletic facilities and in doing so, enhance the playing conditions for our student athletes and provide greater access for guests to attend games,” says President John McArthur.
The addition of lights to both fields offers significant benefits to Cameron University and the Lawton/Fort Sill community. Once lights are installed, CU baseball and softball teams can host night games, which will allow community members and parents to visit games that they might otherwise have missed as well as providing the campus community the opportunity to attend games after work.
The addition of lighting to the playing fields will make Cameron University eligible to host Lone Star Conference and NCAA regional tournaments. This opportunity to attract more out-of-town visitors to Lawton-Fort Sill provides a direct benefit to local businesses.
Additionally, the improvements will enhance CU’s student athlete recruiting efforts and create other opportunities for our fields to be used in summer months by the community for softball and baseball games and camps.
The McMahon Foundation has been a steadfast supporter of Cameron University since 1963, providing approximately $16.5 million to the university through the years. Previous gifts include the largest single gift in the university’s history – $4 million – for the McMahon Centennial Complex (MCC), $1.25 million for the McMahon Learning Center at Cameron Village, $1 million for the Academic Commons and $1 million for McMahon Field and Athletics Center. Additionally, the McMahon Foundation has provided funding for scholarships; support for academic programs, KCCU and athletics programs including tennis, golf and baseball; and construction of the Louise D. McMahon Fine Arts Complex and the McMahon Foundation Tennis Courts.
“Cameron University is forever indebted to the McMahon Foundation, which has provided much-needed funding for critical campus projects,” says McArthur. “And it’s not just Cameron University that receives grant funding. The McMahon Foundation continues to make wishes into reality by funding worthy projects throughout Comanche County. Truly, the McMahon Foundation’s Board of Trustees – past and present – are Lawton/Fort Sill’s hometown heroes.”
March 7, 2018