Prevail Bank donated $5,000 to Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools (WRPS). The donated funds will help build a destination athletic facility that will enhance school district programming and community revenue. The facility will include two baseball diamonds and two softball diamonds (commonly referred to as a quadplex) with synthetic turf infields and outfields, stadium style seating, press boxes, concessions, restrooms, and other infrastructure.
“The planning and development of this quadplex has been in the works for several years,” said Dan Guck, project co-organizer. “The School District completed an assessment of their existing athletics facilities and it showed that improvements would not only help the school district but also the community. We then began the collaboration of including other local user groups such as Legion Baseball, WRYSA, and now the Redhawks.”
“We very much appreciate Prevail Bank’s contribution to this project. It is our intention that Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools be a pillar and a creator of economic stability in our community,” added Craig Broeren, superintendent of WRPS. “We already have northern Wisconsin high schools asking to rent and play on these fields so they can complete their spring sports schedule, in addition to Division 3 Colleges.”
A very large grant from the Legacy Foundation ($6.2 million), in-kind contributions, and other monetary donations launched the athletic facilities project forward. The estimated cost of the quadplex and associated facilities is around $7.4 million. Over $500,000 has been raised thus far through a capital campaign. Members of the community can still participate in the campaign; many naming opportunities still exist.
“Prevail Bank is a community bank that is passionate about economic development, and the financial stability and growth of individuals, families, and businesses,” said Taylor Doescher, Prevail Bank branch manager – Wisconsin Rapids. “We are proud to support the families, students, and economies of our service area.”
Regularly scheduled games have already commenced on two of the four fields. A formal ribbon cutting, public open house, is still being formalized.
The Charitable Contributions program of Prevail Bank is available for local non-profits that help local people in need, especially those with low-to-moderate incomes; stimulate communities financially; and/or enhances the standard of living of those less fortunate. If an organization is interested in applying for funds for a major initiative, go to: Prevail.bank/resources/community. Prevail Bank is continuously looking for ways to give back, help their customers pursue their dreams, and make things better in central Wisconsin.