Kutz­town ded­i­cates new sta­dium

Day opens with ‘Run­ning of the Cougars’ 5K and Fun Walk

Northern Berks Patriot Item - - RELIGION - By Brady Tucker For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

Kutz­town Area School Dis­trict ded­i­cates its new sta­dium on Sun­day, May 6 at 2 p.m.

Prior to the grand open­ing, the Kutz­town Class of 2021 will host the fourth an­nual “Run­ning of the Cougars” 5K and Fun Walk. The race will be­gin at noon, with prizes awarded in mul­ti­ple cat­e­gories.

The sta­dium grand open­ing will in­clude the ded­i­ca­tion of the sta­dium and track, thank you to all donors, and the pre­sen­ta­tion of the Cougar Pride Cap­i­tal Cam­paign pro­ceeds by the KASD Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion.

High school guid­ance coun­selor and Class of 2021 ad­vi­sor, An­drew Brett, pro­vided his thoughts on the race that be­gins the spe­cial day of events.

“The 5K and fun run was es­tab­lished in 2015 by the Class of 2017. The Class of 2021 has as­sumed the man­age­ment of the event and looks for­ward to grow­ing the pro­gram. We are ex­cited to have the 2018 Run­ning of the Cougars be part of the sta­dium ded­i­ca­tion. We look for­ward to a good noon-time run fol­lowed by af­ter­noon fes­tiv­i­ties in our beau­ti­ful fa­cil­ity,” said Brett.

High School Prin­ci­pal Barry Flicker spoke about how this new sta­dium ben­e­fits the en­tire com­mu­nity and how the Kutz­town com­mu­nity has played a sig­nif­i­cant role in the cre­ation of the sta­dium.

“It’s like a seed, you wa­ter that seed with more ideas and more peo­ple get be­hind that idea and more peo­ple see the point in hav­ing a sta­dium and how it could ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity,” said Flicker. “The com­mu­nity from the very be­gin­ning felt a sense of a buy in in the ideas and shaping of what the sta­dium could even­tu­ally be­come.”

Flicker be­lieves the sta­dium ded­i­ca­tion will be a cul­mi­na­tion, as well as a cel­e­bra­tion, of the Kutz­town com­mu­nity’s ef­forts through­out the en­tire process of the cre­ation of the sta­dium.

“The sta­dium ded­i­ca­tion is an op­por­tu­nity to look around and re­flect, to thank the peo­ple who have gone be­fore us, to thank the peo­ple who have do­nated, and to re­flect on the past,” Flicker said. “It is a mas­sive process but when you do it the right way, a day like the one com­ing soon is an op­por­tu­nity to look around and see what a small com­mu­nity of peo­ple who are in sup­port of some­thing can do.”

Ed Yap­suga, the Di­rec­tor of Ath­let­ics and Stu­dent Ac­tiv­i­ties, con­veys that the day will be about a cel­e­bra­tion of not only the new sta­dium, but also the ef­forts of both school dis­trict and com­mu­nity mem­bers.

“The dis­trict’s goal is to pro­vide a great ex­pe­ri­ence and op­por­tu­nity for the com­mu­nity to cel­e­brate the new sta­dium,” said Yap­suga. “Dur­ing the day, we will have a cer­e­mo­nial rib­bon cut­ting, we will rec­og­nize donors, and will high­light the cap­i­tal cam­paign which helped make this pos­si­ble. There will be food and games and the abil­ity for ev­ery­one to tour and en­joy the new fa­cil­ity.”

Yap­suga stated that he, along with oth­ers in the school dis­trict, “wants the com­mu­nity to be proud of this new fa­cil­ity be­cause this is some­thing that is here for ev­ery­one and will ben­e­fit ev­ery­one.”

To guar­an­tee a race shirt for the Run­ning of the Cougars, reg­is­tra­tion is due by April 18. The grand open­ing of the sta­dium will be open to the pub­lic on May 6 from 2 to 5 in the af­ter­noon.

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Kutz­town High Track and Field teams par­tic­i­pate in the first meet at the new sta­dium.

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The new Kutz­town High School Sta­dium will be ded­i­cated on May 6 at 2 p.m.

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