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Dordt's Indoor Turf Facility construction is supported by Perdue Farms
Perdue Farms, through its charitable giving arm the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, has awarded Dordt University a $10,000 grant to help fund construction of a new multisport indoor turf facility that will benefit the local community. The donation is part of the company’s “Delivering Hope to Our Neighbors” initiative focused on improving quality of life and building strong communities.
“In a joint community effort, Dordt and the city of Sioux Center will construct a 100,000-square-foot indoor turf facility,” says Lyle Huisman, Dordt University director of development. “The indoor facility, which will be named the American State Bank Sports Complex, is slated to be completed in late 2022 and will provide year-round opportunities on a multi-functional, artificial turf field that will be used for youth, collegiate, and adult athletic activities.”
Project costs are estimated at approximately $8 million. The financial responsibilities for construction, maintenance, and operation will be shared by the university and Sioux Center, which anticipate a full schedule of collegiate and community events.
“As the Sioux Center community continues to grow in size and diversity, the indoor turf facility will provide ways for all community members to interact and use a common space,” Huisman says. “They will be able to meet, connect, and deepen relationships with year-round wellness, recreation, and sporting events for all age groups.”
Dordt University is a comprehensive university that enrolls more than 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students. Dordt offers 42 majors, 11 preprofessional programs, and three graduate programs.
“We are most grateful for this generous gift from Perdue Farms,” says Ross Douma, athletic director at Dordt. “This is an illustration of Perdue’s intentional strategy to invest in their communities. Perdue’s kindness brings forward the development of the American State Bank Sports Complex and helps make Sioux Center a destination location.”
“We are honored to be able to help make this project a reality,” says Gary Malenke, senior vice president of pork operations for Perdue Farms. “The athletic and recreational opportunities this facility will provide the community, including our associates and their families, are very exciting.”
Perdue Farms employs more than 445 associates at its operations in Sioux Center and Sioux City, Iowa, and partners with 223 hog farmers in the state. The company’s economic impact in Iowa is nearly $350 million.
About the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation
The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, was established in 1957 by company founder Arthur W. Perdue and is funded through the estates of Arthur W. Perdue and Frank Perdue. As part of our belief in supporting the communities where and with whom we do business, the foundation provides grants on behalf of Perdue Farms in communities where large numbers of our associates live and work. At Perdue Farms, we believe in responsible food and agriculture®
About Perdue Farms
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About Dordt University
As an institution of higher education committed to the Reformed Christian perspective, Dordt University equips students, faculty, alumni, and the broader community to work toward Christ-centered renewal in all aspects of contemporary life. Dordt, located in Sioux Center, Iowa, is a comprehensive university named to the best college lists by The Wall Street Journal, Forbes.com, Washington Monthly, and Princeton Review.