Our athletic programs have been a source of great pride and a vital part of Mount Union for years. The valuable skills our students learn through participation in intercollegiate athletics help to improve overall character development and foster diligent work habits, which solidifies essential skills in communication, collaboration, and problem solving.
One of the challenges now facing Mount Union, particularly as it has added new sports like men's and women's lacrosse, involves giving student athletes and their coaches access to adequate practice and competiton facilities. At present, a great deal of outdoor practice and competition takes place in the one campus sports venue that is playable, rain or shine: Mount Union Stadium. A large synthetic turf facility will ease the resulting scheduling crunch, minimize late night practices, and support recruitment of talented student athletes.
Because Mount Union's participation in Division III athletics does not permit us to award athletic scholarships, it is important to show students, in ways they and their families can feel, that Purple Raider athletics is committed to their improvement, performance, and success in competition. Outstanding facilities for practice and competition send that message.