The K21 Health Foundation (K21) recently granted $200,000 to the town of Syracuse’s construction of a new athletic complex that will be used by the community.
The new Harold Schrock fields will be located along Kern Road, south of the Wawasee High School. Amenities will include four baseball/softball fields, a football field, a playground, a paved walking path and a basketball court, according to a news release from K21.
K21 financially partners with projects and nonprofits that are providing greater access to healthy lifestyles in the county. In 2019, K21 provided $200,000 grants to nine rural towns in Kosciusko County, including Syracuse, to benefit the health and wellness of residents.
“Physical activity is such an important part of our health, and we are glad that the town of Syracuse has incorporated our pledge in the development of the new athletic grounds,” said Rich Haddad, K21 Health Foundation president and CEO.
The new athletic fields are due to be completed later this year. They will replace the former 7-acre complex with 23 acres of space for sports groups, such as Little League and pee-wee football, and the public to enjoy.
“Our community is ready for this exciting change, and we couldn’t have done it without K21’s generosity,” said David Wilkinson, town manager. “We are thankful that Kosciusko County has the support of organizations like K21 that prioritize the health of the community.”
For more information about K21’s work in the community and current projects, visit www.K21healthfoundation.org.