Leafstedt Gift Spurs Soccer/Softball Clubhouse Challenge
The targeted gift from the Leafstedts will be matched by the University.
Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State Board of Directors members Doug and Sandra Leafstedt have committed a $200,000 gift towards one of Long Beach State’s most pressing capital improvements, a combined soccer and softball clubhouse for the two adjacent programs.
That gift has been matched by a commitment from the University with support from President Conoley, which will cover a generous portion of the estimated cost to build the clubhouse that would provide locker room facilities for both programs, who currently do not have them at either George Allen Field or at the LBSU Softball Complex and are instead using the Walter Pyramid or the Goldmine at present.
“We want to make a major gift, here and now, because we want to see these teams thrive,” said Doug Leafstedt. “I asked Kim and Mauricio ‘What do your teams need?’ and they both said ‘We’ve got to get locker rooms.’
So we set aside a certain amount of money that could be matched in a way that could encourage a lot of people to give … the more the better.”
The clubhouse will be sited in the corner of the softball space nearest to the entrance to George Allen Field, allowing for easy access for both teams, and will include individual lockers, sports medicine space and team rooms for both programs.
“The clubhouse is important because it shows a commitment from our University, and it shows a commitment from the community that we’re serious about competing at a national level,” said women’s soccer head coach Mauricio Ingrassia.
“It’s a place where we can bring recruits, and really show them what our culture is about,” added head softball coach Kim Sowder. “It’s a big, big deal.”
With much of the money now committed, the Leafstedts and Long Beach State are challenging the community to come together and raise the final amount to complete the project. A number of donors have already pledged to start the momentum for the challenge, and with the support of the fans of two of the rising programs at the Beach, the two teams will finally have a space to call their own.
“Donations of all levels are welcome,” said Senior Associate Athletics Director Wayne Stickney. “This facility will greatly improve the experience of our current student-athletes, while also helping two already very successful coaches continue to compete and recruit with the nation’s best teams. Every dollar counts in making this space a reality.”
Both programs advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2016, and both Ingrassia and Sowder have led their programs to six NCAA appearances during their tenure at Long Beach State.
For more information on the project or to contribute to its success, please contact Wayne Stickney:
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