Education

UPMC Sponsors New Westminster Sports Complex

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. — Come next fall, athletes from Westminster College’s men’s and women’s soccer and lacrosse programs will have a dedicate field for the next decade thanks to a sponsorship from UPMC.

President of UPMC Jameson and UPMC Horizon, Don Owrey, and Westminster’s president, Dr. Kathy Brittain Richardson announced the sponsorship this weekend. Construction of The UPMC Sports Complex will begin in early summer 2019 and will feature a synthetic turf field, field lights and will be located adjacent to the Memorial Field House.

A later phase of construction will include terraced bleachers and a press box. The complex will also house the west end existing tennis courts, which will be expanded and refurbished later.

“We are grateful for UPMC’s commitment to improving the health and well-being of the communities it serves and for this sponsorship that will make such a difference on our campus,” Richardson said. “The UPMC Sports Complex will further the Titan tradition of competitive athletics and will foster student success for the student-athletes.”

Other groups will benefit from the complex, including marching band, intramural sports and summer campers.

“As the number of student-athletes on our campus continues to increase, so does our need to improve and expand our athletic facilities,” said Westminster’s athletic director, Jim Dafler. “This sponsorship from UPMC is a huge step in helping us meet the needs of all our student-athletes.”

Other joint ventures between UPMC and Westminster include the Westminster School of Nursing and Health Sciences’ partnership with Jameson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, which is part of UPMC Schools of Nursing, to provide a nursing program for students.

“These partnerships further demonstrate UPMC’s commitment to our local region, to improve the health, wellness and vitality of the communities we serve,” Owrey said. “Our partnership with Westminster is a perfect example of how UPMC is collaborating within our community to reimagine health care delivery for the future.”

Pictured: Seated from left are Tricia Ryan, Westminster director of nursing; Robin Gooch, chair of the Westminster Board of Trustees; Westminster President Dr. Kathy Brittain Richardson; Don Owrey, president of UPMC Jameson and UPMC Horizon; and Jayne Sheehan, director of Jameson Memorial School of Nursing, part of the UPMC Schools of Nursing. Standing from left are Kenneth Romig, vice president for finance and management at Westminster and a UPMC Jameson/UPMC Horizon board member; Gary Brown, Westminster trustee and chair of the board’s athletic advisory committee; Frank Moses, UPMC Jameson/UPMC Horizon board vice chair; Frank Mindicino, UPMC Jameson/UPMC Horizon board board chair; Al Boland, UPMC vice president of operations; Doug Lucas, UPMC senior director of marketing and communications; and Kim Eldridge, coach of the Westminster women’s lacrosse team.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.