The Lake athletic boosters are constructing a 3,000 square foot brick building that will be located directly behind the track and soccer bleachers at the high school.
It will have men's and women's public restrooms, concession stand, a covered picnic area, storage room and a press box when completed. The building will service soccer, track, baseball, softball and cross country.
The building is entirely funded through private donations and booster club funds. School officials say no school district tax monies are being used on this project.
The booster club has taken a 15-year loan to pay the balance of construction costs after a generous donation to begin construction. Construction of the building is under the management of The Delventhal Company, and financing is being provided through the GenoaBank.
“Construction has begun and should be completed by the end of summer. Currently, the Lake Athletic Boosters are looking for continued financial support. Private donations and corporate sponsorships are graciously accepted with special recognition,” Lake director of athletics, Dave Shaffer, said.
In addition, a "Brick Recognition Fundraiser" is being offered through the booster club. Engraved bricks, built into the walls of the building can be purchased.
“The contributor’s name can be permanently put in to the walls of this building, for all to see for many years,” Shaffer added.
There are three levels of fundraising bricks: $125, $250, and $500.
“The Lake Athletic Boosters will also accept any other donations to help pay down the loan, so please help in any way you can,” Shaffer said.
To purchase a brick, make a donation or have questions, contact the booster club treasurer, Tom Steedman at 419-261-2727. Other fundraisers the booster club offers are membership dues, 50/50 raffles, reverse raffle, and 200 Club.
“This is a very generous donation the Lake Athletic Booster Club has given the Lake School District. It will be a tremendous legacy for a group of booster club volunteers to leave for a school. The building will enhance the already great athletic facilities Lake Schools have,” Shaffer said.
“It will improve the operation of athletic contests, eliminate the need to rent costly portable toilets, and increase revenues for the booster club through concession sales. The Lake School District extends it's most sincere thank you to the booster club for this tremendous and gracious gift to the student-athletes of Lake Schools. We have a great group of people to support the athletes and we appreciate their efforts,” Shaffer continued.