If You Build It, They Will Come – AND PLAY!
Apr 23, 2014 02:58PM
● By Laura Ustanovska
By Melissa Myers
When we moved to the area seven years ago from Pennsylvania, my husband, Dave, and I engaged our kids in everything Wisconsin. This included skating lessons at the Pettit Center, sledding at Nashotah Park and skiing at HH. Dave urged us to live on a lake for the experience. We literally dove right in by trying every water activity imaginable, including sailing, water skiing, fishing and tubing. Sailing became such a rewarding family experience that we have hosted the Training Regatta at Pine Lake in our backyard for the past several years. I relish hosting the T.R.A.P. knowing it fills a valuable need for local youth sailors and witnessing the creation of lifelong memories and friendships forging over the three-day event.
On our first family road trip to view the Wisconsin fall foliage, we crossed the Mississippi River and visited the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa. It is one of Dave’s favorite movies, and he was in baseball heaven, running the bases and playing catch on the field. For me, it was the famous quote from that movie “if you build it, people will come,” that has inspired me to be a part of the fundraising campaign for a field hockey and lacrosse complex on the Vilter Farm at Arrowhead High School.
This complex will include two weather resistant turf fields with lights, bleacher seating for 600 fans, a press box, concessions facilities, restrooms and appropriate parking capacity. The complex will become the home base for more than 600 Lake Country youth and Arrowhead High School field hockey and lacrosse athletes. In addition, thousands of metro area youth and high school athletes will compete on these fields through extensive use by youth programs leveraging the quality of the playing surface.
There is tremendous momentum building in the Lake Country area for these sports. Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport at the high school and college level in America and the Lake Country Youth Lacrosse program has grown over 26% in five years. Field hockey is expanding in Wisconsin, and for the first time ever, local field hockey players are competing in USA Field Hockey national tournaments at the U12, U14, U16 and U19 levels with impressive results. This complex will not only enhance their play, it will add two fields to the shortage of lacrosse and hockey fields available in the area.
If WE build it, they will come! Thousands of youth athletes will use this twin turf complex because it will never be closed due to poor field conditions – every weekend, spring and fall.
This complex will be 100% privately funded, and the programs are enlisting the help of the community for their support with donations. Donations will be recognized at every level from nameplates on the bleachers to complex naming rights.
To view a video rendering of this complex and to donate, visit the Arrowhead website under the General Activities tab. Please consider being a part of this complex that will benefit many local lacrosse and field hockey youth athletes.