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Cazenovia College needs continued enhancement of athletic facilities

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As recently reported, Cazenovia College has received a donation to finalize their $1 million campaign for the new state-of-the-art artificial turf field.

A project that initially started years prior to Oct. 21, 2011 — the day the college held its groundbreaking ceremony. Following the completion of the field, the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams have been able to complete half of their season on the new turf.

It has been a long-awaited improvement for the college’s athletic program, but what now?

The lacrosse and soccer teams will benefit enormously for years to come, along with the high school teams that are allowed to use the facility. What about other student-athletes at Cazenovia College?

The swimming/diving team cancelled numerous practices during their season because the pool was shut down for maintenance. The equestrian team is unable to hold large events because they lack parking, extra stables and a practice rink.

The baseball team spends numerous hours on field maintenance instead of spending time hitting the books.

And the softball team feels like an embarrassment to the league because of the horrible home field conditions.

Speaking as a senior player of the Cazenovia College Varsity Softball team, I can attest to having the worst home field in our conference. Throughout my four years playing softball I have witnessed several players get injured because of the unsafe field conditions.

Last year a visiting player was even removed from the field by an ambulance because of a sinkhole incident (our one and only pitcher my sophomore season was hit in the arm by a homerun foul ball from the baseball field). And many other players have walked away with sprained ankles and permanent nagging injuries.

The field has countless safety issues that have not been addressed over the last four year that I have been a student-athlete.

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