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Kennedy Catholic receives $1 million in commitments to build a new athletic field

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Kennedy Catholic High School has announced the receipt of commitments totaling more than $1 million to assist with the development of a new athletic complex at the school.

The first gift was announced in October from William F. Eisiminger, a local philanthropist, securing the naming rights of the future field. The Kennedy Catholic Athletic Booster Club recently made the second leadership commitment.

The gifts, combined with the support from future fundraising efforts, will allow the school to continue the design and development of the complex. The school has retained a design team under the leadership of Bassetti Architects and D.A. Hogan and Associates.

The master plan includes a multi-phase project with the first phase scheduled to begin this summer. Phase one will feature a new turfed athletic field (football, soccer, lacrosse, track and field, physical education) on the school campus. The design team is working with City of Burien officials and Washington State Department of Transportation through the permit phase.

"This project is invigorating and energizing," said Bob Bourgette, the school's athletic director and football coach. "The Lancer athletic community has waited for a home field for nearly 50 years. I'm honored to be a part of this exciting, legacy project."

Vinnie Sposari, booster club president, parent and alumnus, led the booster board to the leadership commitment.

"I'm honored to lead the club during this time of transformation," he said. "My father helped form the club in the 1970s, and I carry on his legacy for my children, all students, and all Lancers who will follow us.'

At the school's homecoming in October, Eisiminger announced his early support of the project, sharing, "My leadership gift to Kennedy Catholic will change the face of athletics here forever. I am so proud to lead the campaign for the future William F. Eisiminger Field."

The cost of the project will be paid for entirely by private funds. Fundraising for phase one continues. The athletic complex is one of a number of future capital improvements outlined in the school's new strategic plan through 2020.

Kennedy Catholic has also just announced the appointment of Michael Prato to the role of school president. Prato has served as the school's principal for 10 years and a search has begun for a new principal. Prato will guide the vision and growth of the school and he is committed to its vibrancy, excellence and accessibility.

About Kennedy Catholic High School

Kennedy Catholic is a co-ed four-year high school in Burien. It is a Catholic school within the Archdiocese of Seattle. It is the school's mission to remain accessible, diverse and to inspire every student to pursue their fullest potential. For more information about the school or the athletic field project: halla@kennedyhs.org or 206-226-5679.

About the Kennedy Catholic Booster Club

The club is a membership based organization comprised of parents, alumni and fans. Their purpose is to promote the athletic programs at Kennedy Catholic High School and to provide the best possible opportunities for student athletes. They work in partnership with the school to ensure full development of the athletic program. For more information: www.kennedyhs.org/boosterclub.

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