Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, has announced a $5 million gift from alumnus and board trustee Laurence Shadek (’72) and his family foundation to help build a multipurpose stadium on the school’s North Campus.
The lead gift in a $17 million capital campaign, the funds will support construction of a new facility with space for multiple athletics programs, special events, and professional development programs for students and coaches. Still in the conceptual phase, plans for the stadium include fixed seating for thirty-five hundred, an artificial turf field, lighted space for practices and games, a press box and concessions on the “home” side of the facility, and additional space for locker rooms and meeting areas.
Shadek, a New York-based investment advisor, said his family was motivated to support the project because of the influence playing football at F&M had on his personal development, and because his family, which has supported the school for decades, has seen a positive impact from earlier donations. Over the years, the Shadek family has funded faculty chairs, student scholarships, and improvements to the school’s library.
“The facility and its programs will benefit our students, and we anticipate that they also will become a resource beyond F&M for high school and youth program coaches,” said director of athletics and recreation Patricia Epps. “The facilities will not just serve the campus community but will provide a chance for coaches to grow as educators. I truly feel that what we’re doing at F&M led by President Porterfield could set an educational example for the rest of the country.”
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