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Ottawa University Arizona to Hold Groundbreaking on O’Dell Center for Athletics

Surprise, Ariz. – (February 8, 2018) – Ottawa University Arizona (OUAZ) is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony for the O’Dell Center for Athletics at its new residential campus at 11:15 a.m. February 16.  The University’s Board of Trustees, the donors, and City officials and friends will be in attendance.
Alumni Jim ’57 and Jeanne ’56 O’Dell donated $6 million to the University, the single largest gift in the school’s nearly 153-year history, to fund this new athletic building.

The facility will be designed to house locker rooms, training facilities, coaches’ offices and other student support services. The center will be immediately adjacent to the new Spirit multi-sport athletic field, near the Surprise Civic Center and Recreation Campus, and will include a new press box and entertainment area. OUAZ is fielding 21 varsity men’s and women’s athletic teams.

Speakers include Ottawa University President Kevin Eichner, Board of Trustees President Lucky DeFries, the O’Dells, OUAZ Athletic Director Kevin Steele and City of Surprise officials.

WHAT: O’Dell Center for Athletics Groundbreaking
WHEN: 11:15 a.m. February 16
WHERE: OUAZ, 15950 N. Civic Center Plaza in Surprise

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About Ottawa University
Founded in 1865, Ottawa University prepares professional and liberal arts graduates for lifetimes of personal significance, vocational fulfillment and service to God and humanity as a Christ-inspired community of grace and open inquiry. Ottawa University is a comprehensive, not-for-profit educational institution serving more than 3,000 students through its residential campuses in Ottawa, Kan., and Surprise, Ariz., and adult campuses in Overland Park, Kan.; Phoenix, Queen Creek and Surprise, Ariz.; Brookfield, Wis.; Jeffersonville, Ind.; and online. For more information, visit www.ottawa.edu