Source: The Mosaic Company
WAUCHULA, Fla., September 30, 2013 – The Hardee Athletic Foundation (HAF) has received a $400,000 grant from The Mosaic Company to fund several renovations at Hardee Wildcat Stadium.
The HAF publicly recognized Mosaic’s generous contribution during a “Mosaic Night at the Stadium” event on Sept. 27. The three-phased project includes upgrades to stadium bleachers, renovations to the existing press box and game announcer booth, and resurfacing the existing stadium track.
“It’s with great pleasure that we announce Wildcats Stadium is on its way back to its former glory,” said Derren Bryan, HAF President. “We are extremely grateful to Mosaic for their continued support of our athletic programs in Hardee County.”
According to Bryan, the bleacher project was completed in September 2013 and the new seating complies with Florida High School Athletic Association safety guidelines.
Planning and renovations of the press box and game announcer booth are scheduled to begin the summer of 2014. This project includes a memorial to longtime game announcer and Herald Advocate newspaper reporter Luther Colbert for his steadfast support of the Hardee Wildcats organization. HAF has formed a committee to oversee the track improvements, which are expected to be completed in 2015. A new track will allow the Hardee Wildcats to once again host track and field events and bring the spirit of track and field back to Hardee’s home stadium.
“We are happy to partner with the HAF and support the Hardee Stadium improvements,” said Karen Swager, Vice President of Mosaic’s Phosphate Mining Operations. “Many Mosaic employees call Hardee County home and this partnership allows Mosaic and the HAF to leave a legacy that will allow the students and community a safe and enjoyable stadium to enjoy together for years to come. Go Cats!”
About the Hardee Athletic Foundation
The Hardee Athletic Foundation is a charitable 501(c)(3) that supports needs related to athletics and education for individuals and other organizations.
About The Mosaic Company
The Mosaic Company is the world’s largest combined producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash, two essential crop nutrients. Driven by its mission to help the world grow the food it needs, Mosaic is committed to strengthening global food security and protecting critical water resources. The Mosaic Company and The Mosaic Company Foundation make investments in and partner with best-of-class leaders in the focus areas of food, water and local community investments. More information about Mosaic is available at www.mosaicco.com.
Derren Bryan, President
Hardee Athletic Foundation