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Groundbreaking Ceremony Marks the Beginning of Construction for the Stillman Athletic Complex

Dr. Williams and Pat Stillman pose for a photo with hard hats and shovels
President Williams and Pat Stillman put shovels in the ground near the soon-to-be entrance of the G. Patrick Stillman Athletic Complex.

On Friday, April 16, 2021, Cairn University held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction for the G. Patrick Stillman Athletic Complex. The complex bearing Patrick Stillman’s name will house new soccer, lacrosse, baseball, and softball fields, providing new opportunities for campus life and community gatherings.
Following a special recognition of the new construction in Friday’s chapel, President Todd J. Williams and Patrick Stillman, Board of Trustees member, met at the construction site with a close gathering of students, faculty, staff, friends, and family. After a few words from President Williams, they put shovels in the ground, signifying the official beginning of construction.
A former college athlete himself, Stillman understands the important role athletics can play in personal development and community life. The Stillman Family’s generous gift will create a new physical space for the Cairn community to come together, as well as an upgraded venue for various athletics teams (including the newly added men’s and women’s lacrosse teams) to compete.
women's soccer players, coaching staff, Jay Butler, and Pat Stillman stand together for a photo
Student-athletes and coaching staff from the women’s soccer and men’s lacrosse teams are eager to compete on the new fields later this year.

When Cairn University launched their Forward campaign in 2016, they set out to improve student affordability, expand their academic programs, and strengthen campus community with facility upgrades. At that time, Patrick Stillman; his wife, Beulah; and their four children gave $3 million to help create the new athletic complex. Friday’s groundbreaking marked the official beginning of construction and also marks a successful end to the Forward campaign. Through the generous support of donors like the Stillman family, the University has met and exceeded their goals with increased student affordability, new academic programs in science and technology, and several new campus spaces and upgrades. 
To the Stillman family, thank you for your generous and faithful support. 


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