At Meredith, we strive to help all of our students reach their highest potential. By facilitating their participation in athletics, whether as student athletes or through recreational sports, we’re preparing them to have active, healthy lives, to be leaders in their communities and to excel in the workplace.
Now, we’re taking our athletics program to the next level. But we need your help.
How You Can Help
Meredith is investing up to $7.2 million for a new athletic field and track complex. You can support this project bygiving a gift for specific or general needs. Naming opportunities can be tailored to fit your wishes. They range from sponsoring a player’s bench to naming the athletic complex. Other needs include the dressing rooms, press box, concession areas, public address system and lighting system.
Your financial contribution will give you the satisfaction of knowing that you are supporting women’s athletics. Your gift will also benefit the larger community—the new facility will allow Meredith to host tournaments, clinics and continue to host major events such as the Komen NC Triangle Race for the Cure.
To learn how you can support Meredith College’s athletics program, please contact Cindy Godwin, '74, by phone at (919) 760-8206.
Why Sports Matter for Women
Women at Meredith College have participated in sports for more than 100 years. Our athletics program is an integral part of our educational experience—so much so that we are investing up to $7.2 million for a new athletic field and track complex.
Why? Because we know firsthand what research confirms: playing sports offers our students benefits that go far beyond a healthy body. Consider these findings from the Women’s Sports Foundation:
- Women who play sports have higher levels of confidence and self esteem, and lower levels of depression;
- Playing sports teaches women how to take positive risks and be assertive;
- Women who play sports have a more positive body image;
- Playing sports is one of the best ways to learn both leadership skills and how to function as part of a team.
The new athletic complex will position Meredith as one of the premier athletic facilities in the USA South Athletic Conference. It will feature an artificial turf field surrounded by a competition-level, eight-lane track to support both student recreation as well as track and field events. Sports lighting will illuminate the playing surface. Grassed seating on the slopes surrounding the field will provide a natural setting for sporting events. The main plaza will feature a covered brick arcade to match the campus architecture.
Future phases of the project will include a 248-seat grandstand, hospitality areas, support facilities, restrooms, locker rooms and a storage facility for track and field equipment.
Project Costs are as follows:
Phase I: $4.6 million
Phase 2: $2.6 million
Athletics at Meredith College
Six Meredith athletic teams participate in Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. In 2007 Meredith joined the USA South Athletic Conference, which has enhanced the quality of our student athlete experience and provides opportunities for student athlete recognition and post-season tournaments.
Our current strategic plan includes a renewed commitment to Meredith’s athletics program; the addition of a new athletic field and track complex is an integral part of that commitment. Meredith’s existing soccer field does not meet minimum requirements for NCAA play, nor does its location allow for adequate expansion.