News: CCU Launches Athletics Facilities Drive

CCU Launches $14M Athletics Facilities Campaign

More than $4.7M raised to date, including a $2M challenge match announced at the campaign launch.

Colorado Christian University Athletics launched a $14 million facilities campaign that will provide a state-of-the-art, permanent home for seven teams and more than 180 student-athletes. The campaign officially kicked off October 7 during the University’s annual Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet at which a $2 million challenge match donation from alumni Scott and Donna Miller and Interstate Batteries was announced. This inspiring match also includes naming of the CCU soccer field. This was on top of a $2.5 million anonymous lead gift, the largest in the athletics department’s history, announced in the spring. Additionally, more than $100,000 was raised at the launch event, bringing the total raised to $4.7 million.

“Like the start of a good race, CCU’s Athletics Facilities Campaign came out of the blocks strong! Honoring our great athletes, alumni, and coaches who ‘run in such a way as to get the prize’ as the Apostle Paul exhorts in 1 Corinthians 9 is always special,” said Daniel LaBry, vice president of University Advancement. “But being able to share the generous commitments and matching gifts from dedicated CCU alumni and friends of $4.7 million toward our $14 million goal also made it a memorable night and provided tremendous momentum for the campaign as we ‘run with endurance’ to make steady forward progress.”

The facilities campaign will transform a CCU-owned property at the corner of Alameda Avenue and Kipling Street into an athletics complex comprised of dedicated softball, soccer, and practice fields; an all-weather track; and an athletics pavilion with game-day locker rooms for home and visiting teams, a concession area, public restrooms, a press box, storage areas, and office space.

“Scott and Donna Miller and Interstate Batteries are amazing partners in this transformational campaign,” said Eric K. Hogue, CCU president. “Their vision and passion for Cougar athletics and CCU is unmatched. We are truly blessed to partner with them for this critically needed athletics complex.”

Every dollar donated to the CCU Athletics Facilities Capital Campaign will be doubled up to $2 million thanks to the matching challenge from Scott and Donna Miller and Interstate Batteries. The generous challenge match is intended to encourage a total team effort of gifts of all sizes, including pavers with family names, recognition on the Pavilion Victory wall, and even the naming the entire complex, softball field, and track and field area. Gifts as low as $250 will find a place on CCU’s Varsity team roster. Visit the Athletics Facilities Capital Campaign site to make a donation today or request more information on how to be part of the campaign.

“We are so blessed to have such an ideal campaign launch partner with alumni Scott and Donna Miller’s and the Interstate Batteries’ $2 million challenge match. The Miller family and Interstate Batteries are well-known for their mission-driven culture ‘to glorify God and enrich lives’ guided by values like love and excellence and courage and community, to name but a few,” LaBry said. “CCU Athletics’ focus on ‘Excellence for an Audience of One’ and this campaign’s purpose embodies that same spirit. What a great start as we enter a matching gift phase of our campaign!”

Colorado Christian University is home to more than 240 athletes who compete in 15 NCAA Division II sports as part of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC), one of the most competitive conferences in the country. CCU competes in men’s and women’s track and field, cross country, golf, and soccer; women’s softball; and men’s baseball.