Mendocino Coast Sports Foundation Begins Bell Lap
6 January 2011
One of the North Coast's most quietly successful organizations, the Mendocino Coast Sports Foundation – MCSF – is launching its final push to complete Timberwolf Stadium in 2011. MCSF started fund-raising almost two decades ago in 1992, and by leveraging small town economics and neighborliness, has nearly completed a $15 million stadium for an out-of-pocket cost of $1.5 million.
"Local volunteers and businesses have been magnificent in their support," claims MCSF vice president Rich Pyorre. "They're the multiplier that makes every donated dollar look like ten dollars in the stadium. This is what community pride and involvement look like." Pyorre notes that there are still a few spots for available billboards around the field. Interested businesses can contact the MCSF board at 964-6331 to arrange for a 4-by-8 foot billboard at the stadium and an ad on the website for a reasonable cost.
The bell lap for the stadium project includes a new website – timberwolfstadium.org – as well as scheduled construction of an all-weather track and the installation of 200 more seats on the home side of the stadium. According to Pyorre, "Sponsorships of seats has proven to be a productive way for our donors to 'put their name' on the stadium, and with the new website, we have an easy way for Fort Braggers to reserve their seats." Seat sponsorships are available for $150.
Pyorre makes a strong case for completing the all-weather track: "Working out on a track is the foundation for all endurance sports. Every athlete has heard a coach say, 'Take a lap!' Running improves acceleration, speed, and endurance, leading to better play in soccer, football, softball, baseball, basketball, wrestling and numerous others." Pyorre notes that a high quality all-weather track will help reduce stress and wear and tear on joints and will decrease injuries. "Even physical therapy patients will be able to rehab from knee, hip and many other type of surgeries by walking on the track's soft even footing," he adds.
Timberwolf Stadium opened for its first games in 1999, and since has become a destination for many league and regional competitions, because few communities of Fort Bragg's size can boast such a state-of-the-art facility. The hard-working all-volunteer MCSF Board of Directors hopes that efforts by Fort Bragg's fans and Timberwolf alumni will provide the project with the second wind that is needed to finish. In addition to providing an easy way to sign up to sponsor a seat or donate to help with completion, the new website serves as a gathering point for photos of the stadium's progress since groundbreaking in 1996, and explanations of the benefits and reasons for building a stadium in Fort Bragg. Donations and sponsorships to MCSF are tax deductible.
MCSF proudly partners with other local organizations on fund-raisers. On Wednesday, January 22nd, they are sharing the proceeds from a Crab Feed at the Fort Bragg Firehouse with the Rotary Club's local projects. Adults tickets are $40; children ten and under are free when accompanied by a paying adult. On Thursday, March 3rd, MCSF's Annual Dinner Auction will be held at Silver’s at the Wharf. Dinner tickets are $40 and seating is limited. There will be a live auction, silent auction and a raffle. If you would like tickets or to donate an item please contact a member of the MCSF Board or call 964-6331.