Good afternoon and welcome to this grand occasion. What a wonderful day in the life
of Randolph-Macon College! I am always proud to be a Yellow Jacket, but especially
Our talented and successful baseball team now, finally, has a home of its own –
And what a home it is! Thanks to the generosity of Carol Estes-Williams, our Jackets
now practice and play in a state-of-the art facility –a facility that would be the
envy of many Division I programs.
I ask all of you to join me in acknowledging Carol’s generous spirit and tangible
investment in R-MC’s future.
I would also like to introduce other members of the Estes family who are with us
today. First, Carol’s children are with us today, Alise, Jonathan, and David. Carol’s
aunt and uncle Susan and Ed Estes, the brother and sister-in-law of Robey and Alise
Estes, for whom the park is named, are here. Ed’s daughter Martha Estes Grover is
with us today as well. Webb Estes is with us today. James Garland and his wife Casey
and daughter Courtney are here, as is Trish Garland, member of the class of 1989
and former member of the Board of Associates and Society of Alumni. We also welcome
Robert and Mary Speight and Steve, Juliet, and Billy Hupp.
The Estes family has a long, close and supportive relationship with Randolph-Macon,
beginning with Ed Estes’ distinguished tenure on our Board of Trustees. Ed and the
Estes family have donated to countless projects on our campus: Estes Dining Hall,
the Estes Aquatic Center, and the James D. Sr. & Helen E. Garland Endowed Scholarship
just to name a few. Such commitment to the continued well being of our great college
is almost without equal. I extend my and the college’s gratitude again to Carol,
Ed and Susan, and to all the Estes clan assembled here today.
Let me also thank those companies and individuals responsible for constructing the
final product which is before you this afternoon. Hugh Stephens Field at Estes Park
was designed by the architectural firm of Clough Harbour and Associates and expertly
constructed by Kjellstrom and Lee. I commend you all for the fine quality of your
work. Rick Berrey and Curtis Leake are here with us today from Kjellstrom and Lee
and I’d also like to recognize Dave Barlow from CHA. I’d also like to recognize
Ranny Robertson, the project manager for new facilities here at Randolph-Macon.
Ranny did a wonderful job coordinating the construction of this facility during
challenging weather conditions but managed to get us open just in time for the beginning
of baseball season.
You have created a baseball complex that is classy, comfortable and welcoming –
another bright star in our campus renaissance. We are proud of what you have built,
and you should be too.
Let me also acknowledge and praise our wonderful team and their leader – Coach Ray
Hedrick. A first-class program like yours deserves first class facilities. They
reflect the quality of our team and our commitment to the value of intercollegiate
sports. They also enrich the experience of our student-athletes while projecting
the quality that enhances our reputation in the public eye.
Today begins a new era and a long-time investment in our baseball program. Our ball
players have a stadium to be proud of; our fans can now brag about our facilities
as well as our team, and a new generation of student-athletes will be attracted
to this great college which has invested in them – A true win-win situation for
Congratulations and thanks to all those who have made today’s dedication and celebration
a reality. We are in your debt.