You can help lay the foundation for a renewed Kelso Stadium and Shepler Field by participating in the Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County’s commemorative brick fundraiser. These bricks will create a lasting tribute to New Palestine High School and the surrounding community.
When you purchase a personalized brick for the Kelso Stadium renovation project, you create your own piece of history that will be a part of the stadium for years to come. Each brick will be custom engraved with a message of your choice and displayed inside the stadium. A commemorative brick at Kelso Stadium would make a great gift for friends, relatives, businesses, or someone you want to honor.
“This is a great opportunity for our alumni and community to support an upgrade that can enhance student opportunities in athletics, band, physical education, and more,” New Palestine High School athletic director Al Cooper said. “The upgrade will increase the usage of the facility by more than ten times its current usage. I would definitely want my name on a project that will service so many in a first class way for years to come.“
Proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to assist with renovations inside the stadium, including a new turf field.
“For the performing arts department, having turf will allow our Marching Dragons the opportunity to practice and perform on a surface that we compete on 100 percent of the time,” New Palestine marching band director Shawn Humphries said. “This also allows us to host fall competition events of our own.”
Three different sized bricks are available for purchase:
- A 4×8” customized brick is available for a Bronze Level donation of $250.
- An 8×8” brick is available for a Silver Level donation of $500.
- A 12×12” brick can purchased for a Gold Level donation of $1000.
- Customized engraved benches that will be placed in and around the new stadium are also available for a Platinum Level donation.
“I can say for certain there won’t be a day this field won’t be used by someone,” New Palestine head football coach Kyle Ralph said. “Once the project is unveiled, the community will have the first-class athletic field that belongs to a first class school and athletic program.”