While construction of the Workman Family Softball Field (a new $2MM stadium on Millikin University’s campus in Decatur, IL) progresses, recent events in the sporting world have reminded me of how athletics can bring people together, create hope, and provide a much needed distraction.
As a life-long Cubs fan, my world just got turned upside down (literally…when you’re used to being on the bottom, being on top is well…strange!). I’ve spent my entire life trying to explain to people, including my children, why in the world I would want to be a Cub fan. To be fair, it is a reasonable question. But, believe it or not, the answer is quite simple…I grew up in a ‘community’ (i.e. my family) where the patriarch loved the Cubs…so, I loved the Cubs. Based on the celebration response to the Cubs winning the World Series, my story is not unique.
So, how are these two things connected? Millikin Softball has never had a ‘home.’ Yet, its fan base is strong (evident by the $2MM donation from the Workman Family). By giving a home to this program, their brand will grow, excitement will grow, Millikin will grow. As an architect, helping to create a place for people to gather, celebrate, and unite for a common goal is the dream. This project, like so many, will positively impact the Millikin community for many years to come…and I’m proud to be a part of it!