October 21, 2013 — Vol. 29 No. 35
Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas, Idaho Central Credit Union CEO Kent Oram and Idaho State Athletic Director Jeff Tingey all spoke at the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new ICCU Community Field, part of the Papenberg Sports Complex.
"This is a big project that will pay dividends for our student-athletes and the community for decades," Tingey said. "The investment that these community members and supporters made was tremendous. You can see what Idaho state and this community mean to them."
A main contributor to the project was ICCU. Idaho Central is the largest credit union in Idaho and offers 21 full-service locations throughout the Treasure Valley, Magic Valley, and Eastern Idaho. Beyond their mission to help their members succeed financially they are also committed to help improve the communities that they serve.
"When Jay McMillin (former ISU Athletics Asst. A.D. of Major Gifts) approached us about a practice field with a community aspect it made all the sense in the world to be involved in this project," said Oram. "We love to see young people out here on this field whether they be college student-athletes, high school athletes, middle school or even younger, that is what this field is about. It really is a place for the community."
Oram is excited for ICCU to be associated with an asset that will serve the Chubbuck/Pocatello area for decades.
"This field is a great opportunity to get our message out to the community," Oram said. "Families will come here to watch their children play and walk through that gate onto ICCU Community Field and they will know that we invest back into this community that we all love."
Tingey also announced at the event that the field will be fitted with lights to extend opportunities to use the field. The lights were made possible by donations from the Portnuef Health Care Foundation and the Associated Students of Idaho State University.
Other main contributors on the project were Sylvia Papenberg and her late husband Don "Pappy" Papenberg, Minnesota Vikings player Jared Allen and his wife Amy, the Meador Family, Troy and Jamie Bell, D & S Electrical Supply Co., Conrad and Norma Wredberg, Bill and Rosemary Kobus, the 1981 D1-AA National Championship team, Joseph and Judy Saratore and the Thanks A Million Babe Campaign.