POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - The Three Rivers Booster Club has pledged $50,000 toward a new activity center.
The money will be split up into two donations of $25,000 for the next two years to the Three Rivers Endowment Trust.
The new activity center will serve as the home to the Raiders and Lady Raiders basketball teams, and also for sports tournaments from across the area.
The center itself will seat as many as 3,000 in a state-of-the-art gymnasium that will be convertible between a single full-sized court, or three smaller courts for local tournaments and sports camps.
Six locker rooms, a medical training area, hospitality rooms, concession areas, coach's's offices, a weight room, and a Three Rivers Hall of Fame will also be included in the 60,000-square-foot-facility.
"We're deeply appreciative of the booster club's support for the activity center project," said Riley Bock, Chairman of the Three Rivers Endowment Trust in a news release. "The new building represents a massive step forward for Three Rivers athletics, and it's one that we'll be making with their help."
The building will also serve as a FEMA/SEAM-certified emergency shelter designed to withstand a F5 tornado.
"The booster club felt, as an organization, that the need for an activity center facility is very much evident. It will improve so much for our athletics, from better training facilities to increased seating," said Don Crandell, Chair of the Booster Club.
Partial funding for the activity center has already been secured through a $2.5 million FEMA/SEMA safe room grant, and a $2 million bond sale.
"Because funding for the project is tied to limited-duration FEMA/SEMA grants, this was a one-time opportunity that we could not ignore.
The remainder of the funding which is approximately $3.5 million is being raised by the Three Rivers Endowment Trust through donations from college supporters, community members, Raiders fans, and organizations like the booster club.
The Three Rivers Endowment Trust is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization, designated by Three Rivers College to receive and manage gifts on behalf of the college.
It acts as a trustee for donations to assure that gifts are distributed in the manner they are specified by the donor.
For more information on the activity center project or to donate to the endowment trust, call executive director Emily Parks at 573-840-9077.