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Pender Public Schools and the Village of Pender are working collaboratively to construct a complex that will include a track, football field, softball/youth baseball field, and the infrastructure necessary for a complex of this nature (grandstands, concessions, restrooms, etc.). The complex will be located just north of David Nitzschke Memorial Baseball Field.

The project will cost between $3 and $4 million with the largest variable in that range being the surface of the football field. A natural grass surface will result in a final cost in the low end of the price range, while an artificial turf surface will result in a final cost win the high end of the price range.

The Pender Public Schools Board of Education is committed to this project. The ultimate goal is for the entire cost to be funded from the generosity of alumni, community members, and anyone with a vested interest in the complex. In the end, the amount donated will drive the scale and quality of the final product and reduce the direct costs incurred by the school district.

All donations enjoy full tax benefits. In other words, a donation to this project would have the same result as a donation to any charitable organization. Donations can also be made in various ways and over time. If desired by the donor, donations can be divided over as many as 60 months. Along with that, gifts of grain, in kind donations, and other forms of donating are welcomed, encouraged, and greatly appreciated.

Donors who meet certain thresholds will be honored on site with special recognition. Below are the donation levels that will be recognized. The manner in which those donations will be recognized has not been finalized. Donors should know, however, the recognition strategy will be tactful, classy, and eye-catching. In other words, it will be done right!

$500,000 +
Gold Medal $250,000
Grand Slam $100,000
Touchdown $50,000
Silver Medal $25,000
Home Run $10,000
Field Goal $5,000
Bronze Medal $2,500
First Down $1,000

All donations of every amount will be accepted.

Move us toward our goal of giving Pender High School track and field athletes their own practice and competition facility for the first time in school history Enhance the experiences of playing and watching events in Pender for other sports like football, baseball and softball Provide an amenity to those living in and around Pender to use for recreational purposes as well as to improve their health and well being Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact Pender Public Schools Superintendent Jason Dolliver. He can be reached via email at, phone at (402) 385-3244, or in person at the school.

Let's do something special! Let's make this dream a reality! If any community can make it happen, Pender is that community!