Ball State University issued this news release today:
MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State Board of Trustees today named a new football complex after Ronald and Joan Venderly in recognition of their generosity over more than two decades.
The Ronald E. and Joan M. Venderly Football Team Complex will adjoin the west side of the John W. and Janice B. Fisher Football Training Complex. It will provide dedicated meeting space for the entire team and will house offices for coaches and support staff. The new facility will also allow for the repurposing of existing space to better serve student-athletes. The complex is part of the university's $20 million Cardinal Commitment campaign, which will fund strategic improvements for softball, baseball, men's and women's golf, football, men's and women's basketball, and men's and women's volleyball.
"We are deeply grateful to the Venderlys for their support," said Bill Scholl, director of intercollegiate athletics. "This new facility will give our student-athletes another competitive advantage on the field. It's also a sign of an even brighter future. The most competitive recruits take notice of these facilities, and it affects their decisions. The complex will bring us closer to being on par with facilities in the MAC. Having this new space available will provide another competitive advantage for our student-athletes."
The Venderlys have demonstrated extraordinary generosity and deep commitment to furthering higher education, the arts, cultural opportunities, youth programs and athletics in their home community and across Indiana. They established the Ronald E. and Joan M. Venderly Scholarship Endowment funding scholarships for more than 30 Ball State students from Fort Wayne and Allen County. Most recently, the Venderlys have taken a leadership role in the Cardinal Commitment campaign. They are leadership benefactors, and Mr. Venderly, a 1964 Ball State graduate, provides his time and talent on the campaign committee.
"The lives of students are changed by the extraordinary generosity of the Venderlys," said President Jo Ann M. Gora. "Ron and Joan take the long view with their philanthropy. They have invested significantly over decades, and their impact will be felt for decades to come. We are truly grateful."