BELTON, Texas—Thanks to the generosity of Carol and Paul “Crunch” McClinton of Waco, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (UMHB) has upgraded its intramural fields. In recognition of their gift, the upgraded recreation space is named the McClinton Family Intramural Fields, including the Crunch Time Pavilion. The improvements are nearing completion, and the fields will be officially dedicated on Friday, Oct. 22, at 1 p.m. The dedication ceremony will include brief remarks and a ribbon-cutting. Following the ceremony, guests will be invited to explore the new intramural fields.
The McClintons donated a $1 million gift toward converting 2.6 acres of fields from natural grass to artificial turf. Other improvements include new field lighting, a pavilion, and permanent striping for the recreational sports played on these fields, including football, lacrosse, soccer, and softball. The university has a robust intramural program with more than 1,000 students participating each semester. In addition to the scheduled intramural activities, the fields are used for exercise and sport science classes, student life events, and unstructured student recreation.
“We are proud to have the McClinton name on this incredible facility at UMHB,” said university president Dr. Randy O’Rear. “Our intramural fields are one of the busiest places on campus, and our students deserve this beautiful new space to gather and play.”