Colby Community College has a tradition of success competing in NJCAA men’s and women’s athletics. Trojan student-athletes have also set a high standard academically. Last year, 43 earned a spot on All-Academic teams by posting at least a 3.6 GPA, and six teams collectively attained a 3.0 GPA. Despite multiple accomplishments, CCC remains the only community college in Kansas that does not have on-campus athletic training facilities. Many former Trojan student-athletes agree that inadequate practice areas have created challenges in recruiting and preparing for competition.
The current wrestling room will not accommodate a full team. In addition, there is no indoor facility for baseball, softball, or track. These teams currently use the campus gym for practice which has left that area in a state of despair with little time for recreational use by non-athletes and community members.
Ready to create a solution for these problems, CCC is building a training facility. Although not the official name, the project has affectionately been coined, “The Big Blue Barn.”
The building will be approximately 18,000 square feet and include a new wrestling room, weight room, locker room, a track around the perimeter, and a multi-purpose turfed area with drop-down batting cages.
Although not extravagant, the facility will be functional to accommodate multiple needs. Additionally, the Big Blue Barn will provide opportunities for the non-athlete and the local community to stay active.
The estimated cost of the project is $1.5 million. Fundraising is underway, and the goal is to raise $750,000 by Dec. 31, 2018. At that time CCC will apply for a matching grant with plans to break ground in March 2019. The anticipated completion date for the building is August 31, 2019, which coincides with the 20th anniversary of Colby Community College winning the national wrestling championship.
Will you consider playing a part to help us reach our goal?
Create your own fundraising page and engage your family and friends in our efforts. Share why the Big Blue Barn is important to you. Ask for their help to build this legacy.
No fundraising effort or gift is too small. Thank you for your consideration.