Cazenovia On Wednesday, April 4, Cazenovia College officials announced a $350,000 commitment from the Christakos family, of Cazenovia.
The gift names the college’s new artificial turf athletics field in memory of the late Nicholas J. Christakos, trustee emeritus of Cazenovia College and longtime civic and business leader in the Central New York area.
“By making this gift to the new turf field, we are pleased to pay tribute to our father and commemorate his work on behalf of Cazenovia College,” said Sparky Christakos. “He loved this area and understood the importance of having a strong, vibrant higher educational institution as a part of — and a partner with — the broader community.”
Nicholas J. Christakos was a lifelong resident of Cazenovia, and Cazenovia College was one of several organizations to benefit from his interest and support. He became involved with the college in the 1970s and was instrumental in helping the institution through a critical time when it faced potential closure.
Christakos’ work on the ad hoc Committee to Save the College in 1974 and then as a member of the board of trustees (chairing the board from 1975 to 1976) for almost a decade was exemplary for both the breadth and depth of his leadership. His involvement continued until 2004, when he helped to bring about a cooperative arrangement between the college, the Memorial Association and the local chapter of the American Legion so that the college’s NCAA Division III baseball and softball teams could play on Veterans Field.
“Nick Christakos’ legacy at Cazenovia College has been notably honored with this generous gift from his family,” said Brad Wheler, chair of the college’s board of trustees. “It is truly fitting that the new turf field not only meets the needs of the college’s NCAA Division III lacrosse and soccer teams, but also will offer new opportunities for youth sports programming in the community, including the Cazenovia Central School District.”