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Fundraising Continues For Aging Kazmaier Stadium

The Kazmaier Stadium renewal project continues to raise funds for the aging high school stadium. Organizers want to raise $2.6 million for the renovation work. MIRROR PHOTO BY NANCY GAGNET

BY NANCY GAGNET | MIRROR REPORTER — Conrad and Kim Kolbow believe in paying it forward. Both graduated from Maumee High School and were involved in multiple activities – he in sports and she in cheerleading – and their three children were multiple-sport athletes as well. Now, the Kolbows are fully embracing the campaign to raise funds for Kazmaier Stadium, which is slated for a $2.6 million renovation project. “We benefited from the opportunities we received and we want our current student-athletes to have the same benefit,” said Conrad. The Kolbows donated $5,000 to the project, which calls for multiple upgrades to the stadium that was originally constructed in 1961. “Kazmaier Stadium is nice, but there have been very few upgrades over the last 50 years. The district has done a great job with classrooms and the Performing Arts Center, but not much has been done with the stadium,” Conrad said. The project calls for new restrooms and new locker rooms on both the home side and visitor’s side of the stadium, and a new turf field will replace the current grass field. A new, two-story addition will be constructed at the stadium’s home-side west entryway to serve special events such as class reunions. The building will also house a new Panther Den for school swag and a new sports medicine and athletic trainer room. Cosmetic upgrades will also be completed in the concession area. The parking lot at the west entrance will also be paved and a new handicapped-accessible lot and entryway will be added to the visitor side. Clint and Stacey Tolbert have also contributed to the campaign. Clint, who is pastor of First Presbyterian Church, and Stacey, a teacher at Fairfield Elementary, are raising their four children in the Maumee school district. For them, contributing to the project will not just help their own children, but all students in the district. “I think about all of the hundreds of thousands of dollars families put into sports and here we’ve got a community that’s going to provide a great facility, so why wouldn’t we chip in,” said Clint. The Tolberts plan to donate $1,000 to the project. For Stacey, the project is well worth supporting. “We made the decision to contribute because we wanted to invest in our community in a way that would benefit many generations,” she said. “Not only through athletics, but community-building events that will take place there as well.” The Panther Pride Foun-dation has organized the Kazmaier Stadium renewal project campaign. To date, $1,242,312 or 61 percent of the goal has been raised, said Sarah Otis, the director of Development and Alumni Relations. “Everybody has the opportunity to make an impact on this wonderful stadium project,” she said. She is hopeful that generous community and alumni support will raise the remaining $757,000 needed to meet the goal. “We hope that people will stretch their giving through the end of 2017 and into 2018 and support this project as much as possible,” she said.

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