Athletic Practice and Training Facility

FUNDS SECURED $2.95 million
PROJECT GOAL $3.15 million

The building

Northwestern College is raising funds for a facility that will provide more than 33,000 square feet of indoor practice and training space for Red Raider student-athletes. Located just west of the Rowenhorst Student Center and connected to the RSC Mini-Gym, the new building will include:

  • A weight room for athletes
  • An athletic conditioning space
  • A golf putting green
  • Golf hitting nets
  • Batting and pitching cages for baseball and softball
  • A multipurpose area for team practices

The need

The athletic practice and training facility will:
  • Relieve the demands placed on the DeWitt Physical Fitness Center’s four-court area, which currently serves athletes, students and Orange City community members
  • Address safety concerns created when teams are practicing in the same space being used simultaneously by the public
  • Reduce or eliminate the necessity of early-morning or late-night team practices caused by a lack of indoor training space

In addition, providing a weight room for athletes in the new facility—along with the new fitness center for students that is being added to the remodeled RSC Mini-Gym—will allow the current weight room to be repurposed as a practice space for the wrestling team, which has outgrown its present location.

The goal

Northwestern College is raising $3 million for the athletic practice and training facility. The Red Raider Club has committed $75,000. Add your support to theirs. Either give online or contact the advancement office to make a pledge:

712-707-7107

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Steering committee

  • Dr. David Bomgaars ’77, chair
  • Mark Bloemendaal ’81, director of alumni relations (ex officio)
  • Julie (McKinstrey) De Wit ’92 
  • Dr. Mark Muilenburg ’84
  • Kevin Negaard
  • Keith Ranschau ’03
  • Cornie Wassink ’73, director of planned giving (ex officio)
  • Jay Wielenga ’82, vice president for advancement (ex officio)
  • Earl Woudstra ’78