CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A group that works to support athletic programs at West Virginia State University has pledged to raise $200,000 for a new athletic complex to be built on the school's Institute campus.
The W Club has pledged to raise the $200,000 over the next three years in support of the new $2.1 million West Virginia State athletic complex that was announced in October.
W Club President William "Billy" Lipscomb said he is asking individual club members to give $1,000 in order to meet the pledge obligation. He said that donations can be spread out over the duration of the drive, meaning for example, a donor could give $333 a year over the three-year period.
"But we will take any amount," Lipscomb said. "I know people want to give in order to see this new athletic complex become a reality."
Those who give at the $1,000 level will have their name placed on a Wall of Distinction inside the lobby of the new athletic complex. Donating at the $1,000 level also grants the person a lifetime membership in the W Club, Lipscomb said.
Apart from the Wall of Distinction, other naming opportunities are also available within the new athletic complex for donors who wish to give more, Lipscomb said.
"The W Club has a long history of leadership giving to West Virginia State," said university President Brian O. Hemphill. "This generous pledge is another example of the dedication of W Club members to the success of student athletes at State."
Formally established in 1976, the W Club works to support the athletic programs of West Virginia State. The W Club also honors those who have been a part of the WVSU athletic program's history through its annual Hall of Fame inductions.
The new athletic complex will support training and conditioning programs for all 204 WVSU student athletes and will also serve as the home of the Yellow Jacket football team on game days. The complex will feature state-of-the-art weight training facilities, two locker rooms, a team meeting room, conference room and coach's offices.
For more information about the W Club, call 304-766-5724 or 304-610-2546 or e-mail wc...@wvstateu.edu.