For the better part of two decades, the Weyerhaeuser Foundation has provided periodic support of Northwestern State athletics.
The two paired up again recently as the Weyerhaeuser Foundation provided an $8,000 grant to the Demons Unlimited Foundation for use in completing the Brown-Stroud Field renovation project.
The Weyerhaeuser Foundation annually supports U.S. and Canadian communities where it has a significant presence or business interest. Community sizes range from rural to metropolitan and the grants, provided through Weyerhaeuser’s employee-advised Giving Fund, are distributed after developing funding priorities within four focus areas in the communities Weyerhaeuser serves.
“Support for the NSU athletic program by the Weyerhaeuser Foundation continues to result in a win-win partnership,” said NSU Director of Athletics Greg Burke. “The impact NSU Athletics has on the region in terms of economic impact, quality of life and an enhanced work force is complemented by the generosity of the Weyerhaeuser Foundation to give back to its communities and, in this case, to help NSU continue to grow and prosper. The NSU-LSU baseball game, for example, last spring drew a crowd of over 3,000 fans, provided an exciting and affordable venue for families and sports fans who came from miles away to enjoy the game in an upgraded and updated facility.”
The Brown-Stroud Field renovation features nearly $600,000 worth of improvements to the longtime home of Demon baseball. Included in the work have been the addition of chairback seating to the entire grandstand area, the addition of a freestanding concession stand, expansion of restroom facilities and the installation of two suites. The additions and expansions have been fully funded with private support.
“We are very appreciative to receive this grant,” NSU baseball coach Bobby Barbier said. “Because of Weyerhaeuser’s generous support, we are able to continue to enhance the gameday experience for our fans and improve our facilities for our student-athletes.”
Across the past two decades, numerous Northwestern State programs and facilities have benefited from grants from the Weyerhaeuser Foundation. Those grants also have doubled to improve the quality of life for Natchitoches area residents.
“Weyerhaeuser is truly grateful to be able to help support Northwestern State,” Weyerhaeuser Winnfield Area Manager Peyton Weeks said. “Through our Giving Fund, we can help support local communities. Supporting our community benefits everyone and helps ensure our company’s long-term success. These grants seek to help cultivate growing minds and bodies, promote sustainable communities, and nurture quality of life in Weyerhaeuser communities.”
Pictured above: Weyerhaeuser Winnfield Area Manager Peyton Weeks (second from left) presents a check from the Weyerhaeuser Foundation to (from left) Northwestern State head baseball coach Bobby Barbier, NSU Director of Athletics Greg Burke and NSU Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs Dr. Haley Taitano. Credit: NSU Athletics