Washington State University announced Wednesday that two philanthropic families have joined with the institution on a fundraising challenge for two new facilities for athletics. The 6 million dollar challenge is intended to help boost fundraising for construction of the Indoor Practice Facility and the renovation to create the Champions Complex.
Scott and Lisa Taylor of Hayden Lake Idaho made a 2 million dollar donation in 2019 to help pay for the Indoor Practice Facility to replace the “bubble.” At the time the Taylor’s gift was the largest in WSU Athletics history. The Taylor’s are poised to more than double that gift through this new fundraising challenge to match up to 5 million dollars in new pledges to the IPF committed before the end of August.
Ken and Sue Christianson of Burlington Washington have committed a million dollars to match up to a million dollars for all new pledges to the Champions Complex made by the end of August.
The long planned for Indoor Practice Facility would be used by nearly all Cougar teams especially football. The Champions Complex will house space for Cougar Athletics academics, professional development and mental health. Those units are currently located in 2 buildings. The new space will provide WSU student athletes with a full range of services.
The post announcing the campaign on WSU’s website didn’t mention how much the projects will cost. A fire recently broke out in the Cougar’s current indoor athletic facility called the “bubble.” An electrical box caught fire during a Cougar football workout. Head Coach Nick Rolovich put out the flames with a fire extinguisher.