Ball State will hold its groundbreaking ceremony for the Ronald E. and Joan M. Venderly Football Team Complex at 4 p.m. Thursday and the public is invited to attend.
Members of the Board of Trustees, President Jo Ann M. Gora, athletic director Bill Scholl and head football coach Pete Lembo will break ground on the complex that will adjoin the west side of the John W. and Janice B. Fisher Football Training Complex at Scheumann Stadium. The facility will provide dedicated meeting space for the entire team as well as house offices for coaches and support staff.
“It is clear the university needs ongoing support, so that is why my wife and I got involved,” Ron Venderly said. “We need to update the football complex to stay competitive from a recruiting standpoint with other schools in the Mid-American Conference. We hope this will help entice good football players to come to Ball State.”
The building is slated for completion before the start of the 2015 season and is part of Ball State's $20 million Cardinal Commitment capital campaign.
The Venderlys have demonstrated extraordinary generosity and deep commitment to furthering higher education, the arts, cultural opportunities, youth programs and athletics in their home community and across Indiana. They established the Ronald E. and Joan M. Venderly Scholarship Endowment funding scholarships for more than 30 Ball State students from Fort Wayne and Allen County. Most recently, the Venderlys have taken a leadership role in the Cardinal Commitment campaign. They are leadership benefactors, and Mr. Venderly, a 1964 Ball State graduate, provides his time and talent on the campaign committee.