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NSU softball program receives grant for stadium renovations from foundation
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The Northwestern State Athletic Association has received a $12,000 donation for the Lady Demon softball grandstand project completed in May. From left at the check presentation in front of the new grandstand are Lady Demon softball player Cassandra Barefield, NSU softball coach Donald Pickett, Chris Egans and Anthony Ebard of Weyerhaeuser, NSU athletics director Greg Burke, and softball player Baylee Gray.
The Northwestern State Athletic Association has received a $12,000 donation for the Lady Demon softball grandstand project completed in May. From left at the check presentation in front of the new grandstand are Lady Demon softball player Cassandra Barefield, NSU softball coach Donald Pickett, Chris Egans and Anthony Ebard of Weyerhaeuser, NSU athletics director Greg Burke, and softball player Baylee Gray.
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The Weyerhaeuser Foundation has issued a $12,000 grant supporting Northwestern State athletics through a donation to the NSU Athletic Association toward the recently-completed Lady Demon softball grandstand renovation.

The project is being underwritten completely by funds outside of the NSU Athletic Department budget - either student fees designated for facility improvements or private donations.  The total cost of the project, including architectural fees, was about $500,000, said NSU director of athletics Greg Burke.

"The Weyerhaeuser Foundation's support of the NSU softball grandstand project, as well as past support for other projects, is greatly appreciated and helps position the NSU athletic program for success," said Burke.  

"We are just beginning to scratch the surface in terms of feeling the impact of this softball project, as evidenced by the venue the new construction provided for the Southland Conference Tournament in May.  Competing successfully at the Division I level takes an investment by the local community and Weyerhaeuser has always been there for local causes like this," he said.

Burke expressed great appreciation for the endorsement and support provided by Steve Story, the local Weyerhaeuser plant manager.

Consideration for the Weyerhaeuser Foundation funding projects of this nature includes the fact that NSU is the educational, economic and cultural engine for a 12-parish area surrounding Natchitoches.

Naming opportunities starting at $1,000 to permanently name a chair back are still available by contacting Burke or Adam Jonson, the executive director of the NSU Athletic Association, at 318-357-5251.

In addition to being used for NSU softball practices and competitions - including the 2013 Southland Conference Tournament won by the Lady Demons, propelling them to the NCAA Tournament  - the facility is the site of local school, charity and organization-run events.
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