Choctaw Nation gives gift of light to Eastern baseball program with $25,000 donation
WILBURTON, OK (March 1, 2012) – The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma has given the gift of light to Eastern Oklahoma State College with a $25,000 donation to support the installation of new stadium lights for the Mountaineer baseball field.
Eastern is currently the only baseball team in the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference that does not have stadium lights.
“Stadium lights will allow Eastern to schedule games later in the evening, allowing our student athletes to stay in class during the day and providing more opportunities for fans to attend games and the college to host tournaments,” said head baseball coach Craig Price. “The new lights will give Eastern one of the best community college facilities in Oklahoma, as well as the entire Midwest. We’re grateful to the Choctaw Nation for their continued support.”
Price said Eastern has secured additional monetary donations, as well as in-kind donations of labor and equipment for the project. The total cost of installing new stadium lights will be approximately $300,000. Price hopes the lights will be installed before the start of next year’s season.
Local Tribal Councilman Joe Coley and Speaker of the Council Delton Cox presented the gift to Price, assistant coach Curt Dixon, Eastern President Dr. Steve Smith, Vice President of Student Affairs Vic Woods and Director of Institutional Advancement Treva Kennedy.
The Choctaw Nation has been a longtime supporter of Eastern, assisting the college with several projects throughout the years including classroom, athletic and other campus facility renovations.
Cox, an Eastern graduate, said the college has served many Choctaw students over the years and the Choctaw Nation is proud to support its efforts.
“We want to improve the quality of life for southeast Oklahoma,” Cox said. “Eastern’s baseball program is just one part of that effort.”