Sanford Health gifts Worthington ISD 518 $1 million for Trojan Field

WORTHINGTON - Worthington’s Trojan Field will receive a major facelift and become ADA compliant thanks, in part, to a gift from Sanford Health.

Sanford has agreed to a $1 million donation to Worthington’s Independent School District 518. The gift will be used to renovate Trojan Field with amenities including a new stadium and athletic field with artificial turf, nine-lane track, new bleachers, new scoreboard, a play clock, concession area and a total remodel of the existing field house.

 Brad Shaffer, Independent School District 518 school board chair, said the  remodel and renovation will make Trojan Field a jewel that District 518 and the Worthington area can be proud to utilize. Hr added, "People from outside the community will attend contests and events and leave with a positive feeling about ISD 518 and the Worthington community. We truly appreciate the commitment and dedication from Sanford Health that will help us achieve this goal.”

 Jennifer Weg, executive director of Sanford Worthington, said the gift is a perfect complement to their expanding orthopedics and sports medicine program.

"We couldn’t be more proud to support this community while enhancing the student athlete experience," Weg said.

 As the exclusive sports medicine providers for the Worthington Trojans, Sanford Health will add an additional athletic trainer to support Worthington’s student athletes.

Construction on Trojan Field will begin in the spring, with completion by September 2020. After completion, the facility will be home to several Worthington Trojan athletic teams, the Minnesota West Bluejay football team and many YMCA programs. Minnesota West Community and Technical College also recently pledged $250,000 to the project and named Trojan Field as the home for its football and soccer programs.

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