May 5, 2017

CARTERVILLE — The John A. Logan College Athletic Department has received one of the largest grants for facility improvements in College history: $437,000.

The money was awarded by the Harrison Bruce Foundation in Herrin. It will be used to make major improvements to both the College’s baseball and softball fields.

“I was just blown away when I heard the news,” said Logan’s Head Softball Coach Taylor Orsburn. “We’ve been having a fantastic season and this news just made the season that much better.”

Logan’s softball season ended with 41 wins and only 10 losses as the team enters into regional tournament play.

Logan’s Head Baseball Coach Kyle Surprenant was also excited about the news. His team ended the season with 36 wins and only 11 losses.

“Improvements to the field means a lot to Logan baseball,” Surprenant said. “The kinds of improvements that we will be able to make with this money to both the baseball and softball fields will be significant.”

Something even “more significant,” according to John A. Logan College Athletic Director Greg Starrick, is what the improvements will mean to the community as a whole.

“Because of the vast improvements we will be able to make to our fields, this grant will allow us to extend the use of our athletic fields to high schools and community groups,” Starrick said.

Dr. Ron House, president of John A. Logan College, said “you can’t say enough” about the commitments the Harrison Bruce Foundation has made to the College over the years and the grant for the athletic fields is another example of how important the Foundation is to the community.

“What a great positive for our College and for the entire community. The Harrison Bruce Foundation is known for doing so many wonderful things for our communities — and for the College — and this is just another incredible example of what they are about,” House said.