The Foxmen don’t take a challenge lightly, an attitude they learned from the very best. As Heidelberg sought to raise $4.5 million for the Athletic Stadium and Alumni Center, they knew there was only one man whose name deserved to be on this anchor facility: their beloved coach, Paul “The Fox” Hoernemann.
A $1 million challenge from anonymous Board of Trustees members laid the groundwork, and the Foxmen rose to meet it. Today, we are happy to announce that a group of former players, led by The Huddle co-chairs Jim Getz and Bill Goodwin, have met their challenge to match the $1 million for the naming rights.
The new stadium will officially be named Hoernemann Stadium.
Fund-raising for the entire project stands at $4,180,000 as of Sept. 12. This includes an anonymous $1.5 million cash gift pledge, the $1 million Board of Trustees challenge to the Foxmen and the Foxmen’s match, five additional major gifts and other gifts in support of the overall project. In total, 179 donors have made gifts to this great project … so far!
The proud tradition of Heidelberg football lives on!
The commitment of the Foxmen themselves, who responded with a total of 124 gifts, exceeding $1 million, would have thrilled their modest coach.
“Paul would have been delighted because Heidelberg football was such a big part of his life,” said Jim, ’58. “He would be delighted because his former players came through for this. That would be more important to him.”
Those who knew Hoernemann best say he was very humble when it came to his own accomplishments, but he’d be the first to brag about his teams.
“We knew the guys would come through and they did,” said Bill, former vice president of development at the Berg. “I have been involved in a lot of campaigns but never one in which I had such a deep belief in what we were doing.
“We are really ecstatic to reach this milestone. Now we want to help finish the campaign.”
So what will it be like for Jim, Bill and all of the Foxmen one year from now when Heidelberg plays its first home game in Hoernemann Stadium?
“I’ll be thrilled because Coach Hoernemann had a major role in my life and development, and the lives of so many,” Jim said. Bill adds simply, “I’ll feel very proud and humbled.”
Score one for the Berg … and another victory for The Fox!
For additional information about making a gift to the stadium project, contact Jim Minehart, executive director for development and planned giving, at email@example.com or 419.448.2060