Burns said a big reason why J-D needs a turf field is because as of now, the main grass field can only be used for four to eight games each season. The current field has drainage issues and athletes’ feet sometimes sink into the ground during inclimate weather. If the proposed turf field was constructed, the district would be able to use it for over 120 games for all sports as well as for gym classes.
“We’d be able to host sectionals, which creates revenue,” Burns pointed out. “It’s almost embarrassing that we don’t have it. Our varsity girls’ soccer team made it to sectionals and we had to bus them to another turf field to practice so they could learn how to play on it. There’s a very big difference between running on a turf field and running on grass.”
If the committee does not reach its fundraising goal, they will continue to ask for donations throughout the summer until they reach all $1.6 million. Burns said that even if they hit their goal in the summertime, they plan to wait to start construction until the following summer so as to not impose on various sports teams’ practices. Even so, Burns is urging everyone and anyone interested to donate now so that the project can get off the ground.
“We need people to donate now to start getting our timeline in order. People need to know that if we’re going to do this we need to get donations now. We’re trying to cater to everyone and get this project done,” she said.
For now, the campaign members are busy working on their next big fundraiser, the Red Ram Winter Jam, to be held at the Cavalry Club on Saturday, Mar. 2. They plan to have both a live and silent auction and will be auctioning off some big items, such as a helicopter ride and a pool. There will also be a live band playing throughout the evening. Following the auction is the Red Ram Run, which will coincide with the last day for donations, on Apr. 21.
For more information on how to donate to the campaign, visit jdturf.com