Kansas City, Mo. — Director of Athletics Tim Hall announced today
that the Stanley H. Durwood Foundation and its trustees Raymond F.
Beagle, Jr. and Charles J. Egan have pledged a $5 million gift to the
UMKC Athletics Department for the construction of a new soccer stadium
in the heart of UMKC’s Volker campus.
The Foundation’s leadership gift represents the largest single
commitment to UMKC Athletics. The competition venue of the Stanley H.
Durwood Stadium is anticipated to be completed for the new UMKC
women’s soccer program’s first game in 2009. The entire complex is
slated to open in the spring of 2010.
The facility will provide the Kangaroos with one of the top soccer
facilities in the Summit League and the Midwest. In addition to
serving the student-athletes, the facility will play home to student
intramurals, and it will also host approved community partners. The
signature facility also calls for the construction of locker rooms and
offices that will benefit the UMKC men’s and women’s soccer, softball
and men’s and women’s track and field programs. It also will feature a
premier four-lane track and a concession area.
With the timeframe for the stadium’s completion being concurrent with
those of other campus capital projects, the momentum generated by its
construction will invigorate comprehensive support for UMKC. The
project, along with Oak Street West, the Student Center, the Miller
Nichols Library expansion and the Conservatory of Music and Dance’s
Performing Arts Center expansion will all change the face of the
Stan Durwood was one of the University’s and the athletic program’s
most ardent supporters. His affiliation with UMKC began when NCAA
Division I participation was a pipe dream. Durwood’s enthusiasm for
UMKC Athletics continued through admission into Division I and the
Mid-Continent Conference. In 1994, he was awarded the Chancellor’s
Medal, the highest non-academic honor the University can bestow upon a
Durwood also helped establish an endowed scholarship for UMKC
student-athletes. The Durwood Educational Fund provides financial
assistance in the form of scholarships, equipment, travel funds and
other program enhancements to make competition at this highest
intercollegiate level a reality.
Like its namesake, the Durwood Foundation and its trustees strongly
support a variety of UMKC initiatives. In 2007, the Foundation
established a creative writing fellowship to help the English
Department compete for talented graduate students. The Conservatory of
Music and Dance and School of Dentistry also have benefited from the
Foundation’s generosity. Since 2005, the Foundation has pledged over
$1.3 million in grants to several University initiatives