Campbellsville University-Harrodsburg continues to expand in academic and athletic programs. One of its next major expansions will be the construction of a new athletic field house for men’s and women’s soccer, track and cross country. The ground-breaking for the $600,000 facility was held last week.
The 6,914 square feet field house will be located due south of the laser soccer field.
“This caliber of field house brings the facilities in line with all competitors in the Commonwealth of Kentucky as we continue to bring the highest quality of education to men and women in Harrodsburg,” said Wes Carter, associate vice president of university outreach.
Carter explained that athletics are conducive to success and higher education and athletics are corollary to one another. “Leadership and athletics help build leadership and sound character,” he said. “The education teaches students to think critically and solve problems.”
CU-Harrodsburg already offers men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s bowling at the sports arena, along with a lab dedicated to E-sports, which is competitive video gaming. The later is new to the collegiate arena.
Blending athletes and education enables greater levels of student success, he added.
CU-Harrodsburg started in August 2016 with no money and no school. Initially, the fall semester began with 45 students and ended with 63. In 2019, 635 students started the fall semester. (CU-Harrodsburg enrollment for 2020 will be available in mid-March.)
Carter said CU-Harrodsburg’s enrollment growth is strong. “We look forward to steady enrollment climbs to around the 1,000 student mark,” he added.
Dan Yates, regional marketing director, said the growth of the local college has superseded all expectations.
Additional growth for the new future will include a fourth resident hall, a school of chiropractic medicine and additions to certificate programs such as heating/air and plumbing. The opportunities, Yates said, are “endless.”