Hood Names Athletic Complex After Major Donors
FREDERICK, Md.--Hood College honored two of its most treasured
and loyal supporters Oct. 23 when President Ron Volpe announced
that the College had named its new athletic complex after Charlie
Nicodemus H'05 and his wife, Kathryn Nicodemus H'05.
The Nicodemus Athletic Complex encompasses Hood's state-of-the-art turf field, the new home for the Blazer field hockey, soccer and lacrosse teams, a new locker room facility, new bleachers with seating for nearly 1,000 Blazer fans, two new scoreboards and a new portable press box.
"In recognition of more than a quarter century of their contributions to Hood College, their ongoing financial support of Hood College student-athletes, their commitment to all aspects of Hood College, and especially athletics, their exceptional passion, loyalty and love of the students, faculty and staff of Hood College, the Nicodemus name will forever be linked to this stunning athletic complex," said Volpe.
Volpe also sincerely thanked and acknowledged the hard work of
numerous contributors to this project, including Jeff Dreyfus and
Neil Higgins of Bushman Dreyfus Architects; Dan Hannon, Chris
Enders, Amit Patani and Harold Virgin of KBE Building Corporation;
Joe Adkins and Gabrielle Dunn of the City of Frederick Planning
Department; Brickman Landscaping; Childs Landscaping; FieldTurf
Tarkett; and several Hood administrators and staff members.
The artificial playing surface, which was meticulously installed over a span of several weeks during the summer, measures 120 x 75 yards and provides a safe, speedy surface for five Blazer intercollegiate athletic teams.
The pair of side-by-side modular locker facilities each house five restrooms and sinks, 30 lockers and four shower stalls for use by the hosts as well as the guests. Additionally, teams have the ability to store equipment and other supplies in a storage area within the athletic complex.
This edifice and surrounding area reflects Hood’s equestrian past. The design is intentionally influenced by the horse stables that once stood close to the new field and are synonymous with the College’s history.
Hood has also upgraded its scoreboard for the main field with a striking blue Daktronics structure emblazoned with the Hood Blazers athletic logo. Softball fans will also be treated to a new scoreboard for the first time, complete with pitch count and home and away scoring.
The portable aluminum press box provides Hood's game operations staff with a comfortable and weather-proof facility in which to perform their duties. The press box sits atop a spacious storage area and can be wheeled to multiple game sites.
Several Hood student-athletes were on hand to assist President Volpe with his big reveal on this historic day for the Hood College community. Volpe's vision for the grand complex stretched beyond the brilliant green surface however, as his intention on this day was also to create awareness for a steadfast campaign for a new multipurpose recreation center.
With the aid of two first-year basketball players, Volpe unveiled three artist's renderings depicting the next piece of the athletic complex puzzle. As a result of the generosity of a number of individuals and groups, Volpe announced that Hood has acquired nearly half of the necessary funds to construct the facility the campus needs so desperately.
Hood is in the midst of an aggressive fund-raising campaign which will continue until the ultimate goal is reached and the groundbreaking for this new recreation center becomes a reality.
The upstanding character and integrity of the Hood College student-athlete is evident across the board, and it's only fitting that these hard-working individuals have a home of similar stature to showcase as their own.