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RangerVision 2020

RangerVision: Bigger Vision, Brighter Future is a facility and fundraising campaign which has been developed to transform the athletics and recreation facilities at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

Phase I of the RangerVision campaign will be RangerVision 2020, a $5 million campaign that will enhance the Sports & Activity Center with the creation of two new facilities, the renovation of Alfred and Bernice De Simone Gymnasium, and additional enhancements to the SAC. The two new facilities will include the new multi-purpose turf performance facility and the Mark Olsen Indoor Golf Center. The enhancement of De Simone Gymnasium, which also serves as the home of UW-Parkside commencement ceremonies, includes a complete reconstruction of the bleachers on both the north and south sides, creation of VIP seating areas, and the addition of state-of-the-art video boards and scorers tables.

RangerVision 2020, which will run throughout the 2020-21 academic year, has already generated more than $2.8 million during a silent phase, which includes contributions from individual donors, alumni, and corporations, in addition to support from the State of Wisconsin and the University. The University’s comprehensive 10-year partnership with HARIBO, highlighted by the creation of HARIBO Court, was a catalyst for the De Simone Gymnasium enhancements.

Naming opportunities are available in all aspects of the RangerVision 2020 campaign for individual and corporate philanthropic giving. Additionally, sponsorship and marketing opportunities exist for corporate partnerships. Please contact Director of Athletics Andrew Gavin (gavin@uwp.edu / 262-595-2485) for more information.

To support the RangerVision 2020 campaign, please visit our online donation page or download our gift form, enclose a check payable to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Foundation, and mail to: Parkside Athletics, Attn: Andrew Gavin, 900 Wood Road, Kenosha, WI 53143.

• Sports & Activity Center: $5 Million
• Indoor Turf Facility: $1 Million
• Strength Center: $500,000
• Alfred and Bernice De Simone Gym
 + Competition Court: SOLD
 + Practice Court: $75,000
 + VIP Seatings Areas: Upon Request
 + Chairback Seats: $1,000
• Mark Olsen Indoor Golf Center
 + Trackman Simulator #1: $25,000
 + Trackman Simulator #2: $25,000
 + Putting Green: $25,000
 + Individual Hitting Bays: $5,000
• Athletic Training Room: $75,000
• Locker Rooms (9 available): $50,000
• Athletics/HESM Lobby: $25,000
• Director of Athletics Office: $25,000
• Head Coaches Office: $10,000
• Individual Lockers: $1,000

“Since UW-Parkside was founded more than 50 years ago, Ranger Athletics has been a key connector between the university and the community. As the university grows, so does the need for enhanced athletic facilities which enable us to offer more opportunities for students, student athletes, and area residents. I’m so proud of what Andrew Gavin and his team have accomplished in the past few years. RangerVision 2020 will continue this reat work.” - UW-Parkside Chancellor Debbie Ford

"Our vision for Parkside Athletics and our University is rooted in positivity, progress, and pride. The RangerVision 2020 campaign sets the stage for us to make transformational progress, create new sources of Parkside pride, and to positively impact our campus and our community more than ever." - Andrew Gavin, Director of Athletics

"Ranger athletics has had a rich history of quality athletes with much personal and/or team success. In my opinion, an area that has not kept-up with the continued quality of the athletes attending UWP has been various aspects of the facilities. It is great to hear that hopefully soon that many of the facilities will match the high standard and quality of the student athletes attending UWP." - Steve "Rocky" Donovan '92, UW-Parkside Foundation Board Member and Men’s Soccer Alum

De Simone Gymnasium Renovation

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Alfred and Bernice De Simone Gymnasium has been the proud home of hundreds of volleyball and basketball games and wrestling competitions in six different decades. The historic facility has welcomed thousands of visitors to commencement ceremonies to celebrate the culminating event for new UW-Parkside graduates. With the successful completion of the facility enhancements as part of RangerVision 2020, De Simone Gymnasium will be transformed into a top Division II facility in the nation.

At the forefront of the De Simone Gym Enhancement plan is a complete reconstruction of the bleachers on both the north and south sides. New bleachers would include differentiated seating sections, premium chairback seats, and designated sections for visitors and students. The project will also create first-class VIP seating areas on two levels on the west side of the gym and add state-of-the-art video boards and scorers tables.

Enhancing De Simone Gymnasium will ensure that the historic facility remains the proud home of Parkside Athletics and UW-Parkside for decades to come! With new bleachers, the creation of VIP seating areas, and the addition of video boards and digital scorers tables, De Simone Gym will provide a unique backdrop and high-level atmosphere for sporting events, commencement ceremonies, and other community and campus events!

As the Rangers continue to #DefendTheDen for years to come, the new and improved De Simone Gymnasium will offer a homecourt advantage, preserving an intimate atmosphere with the modern look and feel of seating and technology. Our student-athletes, fans, and visitors alike will love their experiences in De Simone Gym!

The enhancements to De Simone Gymnasium are expected to cost approximately $1 million, and the project will be funded through corporate and individual donations in addition to University contributions. With a 10-year partnership with HARIBO serving as a catalyst, more than $500,000 has been generated in support of this project! Parkside Athletics has a fundraising goal of $500,000 to be raised during the RangerVision 2020 campaign to support the De Simone Gymnasium Enhancement. With the generous support of alumni, supporters, friends, and family of Parkside Athletics, the vision will become a reality! Additionally, we look forward to identifying business and community partners that are interested in supporting the success of this project!

Gifts and pledges to the project of $1,000 or higher can be paid out over up to three years. There are a number of specific naming opportunities available for donors and business partners to support the project while gaining recognition and visibility in the facility. If you are interested in the De Simone Gym Enhancement and would like to discuss more about the project and how you can be involved in supporting the transformational RangerVision 2020 campaign, please contact Director of Athletics Andrew Gavin (gavin@uwp.edu / 262.515.5683).

“The atmosphere that will be created in De Simone Gymnasium with the completion of RangerVision 2020 will be incredible! De Simone has always provided a homecourt advantage for Parkside Basketball, and it will continue to for years!” - Luke Reigel, head men's basketball coach

“Our volleyball student-athletes will love practice and competing in the enhanced De Simone Gymnasium! In addition to providing a high-level atmosphere for matches, De Simone will become a crown jewel for recruiting future Rangers!” - Leigh Barea, head volleyball coach

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One of the most transformational aspects of RangerVision 2020, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Parkside Athletics are excited to create a multipurpose indoor turf facility in the Sports & Activity Center. The project will repurpose the pool space on the north side of the SAC, providing a first-class venue for Parkside Athletics, campus, and community use.

The pool will be filled in and covered with a subfloor, preparing the ground to be covered with 6,300-square feet of artificial turf. Finishes to the space - including batting and pitching cages, portable soccer goals, wall padding, divider curtains, and custom netting - will create the flexibility for multipurpose and simultaneous use by differing users.

The creation of a multipurpose indoor turf center will be an immediate gamechanger for Parkside Athletics, specifically providing a state-of-the-art practice facility for baseball, softball, men’s soccer, and women’s soccer. These studentathletes, who regularly feel the adverse effects of the Wisconsin winters and are routinely forced off campus for practice, will have a training center just steps from their locker rooms. Additionally, each and every Parkside student-athlete will benefit from strength and conditioning workouts and rehabilitation space in the turf center.

With the ability to meet the anticipated demand of other campus and community needs, the indoor turf center is expected to become the highest traffic athletics facility at UW-Parkside. Campus recreation and intramurals will add opportunities for the general student body, faculty and staff. Available for rent to youth clubs and teams, special events, and community groups, the turf center will become another facility to drive thousands of visitors of all ages to campus.

The creation of the multipurpose indoor turf center is estimated to cost approximately $2.5 million. A state-funded $1.5 million project is currently underway to fill in the pool area and prepare other aspects of the facility for completion. Parkside Athletics has a fundraising goal of $1 million to be raised during the RangerVision 2020 campaign. With the generous support of alumni, supporters, friends, and family of Parkside Athletics, the vision for the multipurpose indoor turf center will become a reality! Additionally, we look forward to identifying business and community partners that are interested in supporting the success of this project!

Gifts and pledges to the project of $1,000 or higher can be paid out over up to three years. There are a number of specific naming opportunities available for donors and business partners to support the project while gaining recognition and visibility in the facility. If you are interested in the turf center and would like to discuss more about the project and how you can be involved in supporting the transformational RangerVision 2020 campaign, please contact Director of Athletics Andrew Gavin (gavin@uwp.edu / 262.515.5683).

“The indoor turf center will be an absolute game changer for Parkside Men’s Soccer! From recruiting to player development, having a state-of-the-art turf facility will make a positive impact on our program and student-athlete experience!" - Jason Zitzke '99, head men's soccer coach

 

“With the creation of a turf facility right down the hall from our locker room, Parkside softball will have an incredible asset for practice and getting ready to take the field each spring! I can’t wait to get to work with our current and future Rangers!” - Kristin Ortman, head softball coach

Mark Olsen Indoor Golf Center

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As an important part of RangerVision 2020, Parkside Athletics is excited to generate donations in support of the construction of an indoor golf facility at UW-Parkside. The facility on the second floor of the Sports & Activity Center will create a state-of-the-art indoor golf practice facility with simulators, hitting bays, and putting green.

The golf center will be named the Mark Olsen Indoor Golf Center, in honor of the career, accomplishments, and generosity of longtime head men’s golf coach Mark Olsen. After 18 seasons at the helm of the program, Olsen stepped away as head coach at the conclusion of the 2019 season when Parkside made the position full-time. Olsen, who remains a volunteer assistant coach, has always given his time, talent, and treasure in support of Parkside and its studentathletes.

The Mark Olsen Indoor Golf Center, in any weather, will provide head golf coach Tyler Wollberg and Parkside golfers with an incredible training center to develop and sharpen their games in pursuit of conference and NCAA Championships. Coach Wollberg will also be excited to attract and recruit the next generation of Rangers by showing off one of the best practice facilities in the region and within Division II.

The facility will become a crown jewel for not only the men’s golf program, but for Parkside Athletics, the University, and the community. Parkside looks forward to partnering with the campus and Southeastern Wisconsin communities to make the facility available to additional golfers and users. The Mark Olsen Indoor Golf Center will become an undeniable asset for Parkside Golf, our campus, and our community!

The creation of the Mark Olsen Indoor Golf Center is estimated to cost approximately $200,000. This project is scheduled to be completely funded thanks to the generous donations of alumni, friends and family of Parkside Golf, and community supporters. Additionally, we look forward to identifying business and community partners that are interested in supporting the success of this project!

Gifts and pledges to the project of $1,000 or higher can be paid out over multiple years. There are a number of specific naming opportunities below outlining ways for donors and business partnerships to gain recognition and visibility in the facility.

If you would like to discuss more about the project and how you can be involved in helping Parkside create the first-class Mark Olsen Indoor Golf Center, please contact Director of Athletics Andrew Gavin (gavin@uwp.edu / 262.515.5683).

$50,000 - Men’s Golf Locker Room

$25,000 - Golf Simulator #1

$25,000 - Golf Simulator #2

$25,000 - Putting Green

$5,000 - Hitting Bay (Limited number available)

$2,500 - Putting Green hole flag (Limited number available)

$1,000 - Men’s Golf Individual Locker

“The creation of the Mark Olsen Indoor Golf Center will be transformational for our program. It is an incredible opportunity not only to honor the legacy of Coach Olsen, but to also impact our program’s ability to recruit, develop, mentor, and graduate high-character and high-performing young men on and off the course.” - Tyler Wollberg, head men's golf coach

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