The Missouri Military Academy Parents’ Committee has announced it has surpassed its goal in one of its fundraising efforts. Over $4,000 in donations will result in the purchase of a tarp for Calvert Field. Spring rains have caused a number of cancellations, shortening recent seasons, and the addition of a tarp and other maintenance equipment will help make sure the Colonels are on the field for each game from now on.
The effort was spearheaded by Mike and Tracy Skinner of St. Jacob, Ill., parents of senior baseball player Travis Skinner. The Skinners, who are also members of the MMA Parents’ Committee, promoted the campaign to parents and alumni beginning Homecoming weekend, and by Valentine weekend, the group met their $4,000 goal.
Contributions made in memory of Chris Horton ’03, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in September, were also counted toward the total. Horton was also a baseball player at MMA.
Fundraising for the baseball stadium will continue. Future donations and contributions will be used to make other improvements to the baseball facilities, such as the dugouts.