2017-03-20 / Front Page

Two projects will enhance Limestone College athletic facilities

The transformation of athletic facilities at Limestone College is set to continue in a big way this summer.

Athletics Department officials have announced that fundraising for a $1.2 million project is in its final stages and construction is scheduled to begin as soon as the final dollars are raised.

Thanks in large part to lead gifts on two separate projects, Limestone’s athletics facilities will be receiving a major facelift. The Limestone College Victory Bell Tower, provided by a gift from Dr. Charles Cunning in memory of his wife Barbara Cunning, will be constructed to overlook the Limestone Quarry in an area that sits between the College’s athletics and academic facilities. With the idea being to connect the two sides of the campus together, the bell tower will feature seating areas, a garden, and a new lighted walkway that will travel from one side of campus to the other.

The project will also feature a prominent tower with a bell once used on the Limestone College campus that has been retired for many years. With every Limestone Saints victory, the bell will ring out Limestone’s “Blue & Gold” fight song.

Dr. Cunning retired from Limestone as executive vice president in May 2016 after 21 years of service to the college.

Another major project set to get underway at the same time is the construction of Shannon Hamrick Park at the Limestone baseball facility. Named in memory of the late Shannon Hamrick, this project will surround the Founders FCU Stadium entrance and transform the baseball complex into an attractive park setting.

A gift to fund the new Shannon Hamrick Park was made by his parents, Barry and Judy Hamrick, to honor the memory of their son Shannon who died in 2008 at the age of 36.

Hamrick was a beloved member of the Gaffney community who was invested in local sports and outdoor activities. His passion for baseball was evident as he coached Little League in Gaffney and was an avid supporter of the Saints’ program.

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