On the heels of the football program’s selection to play in its first-ever playoff game, Limestone University is working diligently this week to raise the funds to allow as many of its students as possible to make the trip on Saturday to Pensacola, FL.
The Saints qualified for the NCAA Division II postseason following Saturday’s 45-27 victory over Emory & Henry in the regular season finale. The NCAA released the 24-team playoff field on Sunday afternoon. Limestone received a bid from Super Region Two and will travel to meet West Florida University on November 19.
While the NCAA provides some funding for team travel to playoff games, it falls short of the financial investment needed to send additional team members. Students in support groups like cheer, dance, and band have also worked tirelessly to make the on-campus football experience successful. Because of that, Limestone is appealing to its fans and friends to help make that possible.
Those who wish to make a contribution to the postseason travel can do so by visiting www.limestone.edu and clicking the donation button for postseason football travel located on the front page.
“We are incredibly excited for our football team for the season it has had and for making it into the playoffs,” said Limestone President Dr. Darrell Parker. “What an amazing accomplishment for a team that went 0-9 last year. Unfortunately, success is not cheap. We are asking Limestone Nation for help with the essential postseason financial needs. Limestone would like to send as many students as possible to support our Saints as the team travels to Pensacola this Saturday. We hope as many people as possible can help our students and reward them for their dedication. The financial assistance that the University receives in the next 36 to 48 hours will determine how many of our students can make the journey to Florida for the playoff game.”
Using the same link to assist with the postseason travel, Parker said now is the time to also provide Limestone’s student-athletes with the facilities that are necessary for successful programs.
“We improved the student and fan experience hosting football games on campus, but with rented portable bleachers for Saints Field,” Parker explained. “There is a critical need to now purchase and install permanent seating as we plan for next year. Expanded bleachers will also benefit our soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey teams, plus enable us to hold graduation ceremonies and other large events on campus. The necessary improvements to Saints Field certainly don’t stop with the bleachers. The artificial playing surface is in dire need of replacement. With that field supporting six different teams for games and practices, it is at its end of life. There is also a need for a scoreboard at Saints Field that will properly support all of the teams playing there. A new scoreboard will also improve the fan experience and provide a new revenue stream thanks to the ability to include digital advertising at our games.”
Parker went on to say that improved facilities can sustain a winning tradition and attract new students to the campus, while also enticing the current students to stay for their entire collegiate years.