Jan. 22, 2015
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin baseball team is asking Lumberjack fans for their support to help build the team a new clubhouse as part of their "Brick By Brick" campaign.
The team's temporary facility at Jaycees Field is in need of replacement. Almost half of the total investment to build the new structure has been secured. However $350, 000 is still needed.
In order to achieve this goal, SFA is reaching out to alumni and friends of the `Jacks to ask for their financial support by purchasing $1,000 personally engraved bricks that will become part of the new clubhouse. Donors may consider purchasing additional bricks to honor family members, teammates and friends.
In addition, donations of any amount are greatly appreciated.
"Thank you to our loyal alumni, friends and fans for considering this opportunity to support Lumberjack baseball," head baseball coach Johnny Cardenas said. "Your donations will help build a new clubhouse that will tremendously benefit our players by supplying them with a modern facility to train and prepare for games. In addition, it will assist the coaching staff in continuing to recruit the best Lumberjacks to SFA."
The new clubhouse will be named in honor of Bob and Tyann Akins. The facility will provide dressing and training rooms, office and storage space, and upgrade amenities to help the university continue to attract the best student-athletes.
Bob Akins, a 1958 SFA alumnus and football letterman, was a highly successful high school baseball coach and member of the Texas High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He was an avid supporter of Lumberjack baseball. Akins volunteered many service hours overseeing the maintenance of the Lumberjacks' baseball facility. Until his death in 2013, Akins, along with his son, Stacy, was a fixture in the stands cheering the Lumberjacks to victory.
To make a secure online gift, visit SFASU.edu/giving, select Athletics, then list "Baseball Clubhouse in the notes section. Mail-in donations are also welcome to be sent to:
SFA Intercollegiate Athletics
ATTN: SFA Varsity Club
P.O. Box 13010, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 79562-3010
All gifts are tax deductible. For more information or to request a campaign brochure, please contact Ted Smith, director of athletic development, at (936) 468-7105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.