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Investing in the Future

Major gift from the Capitol Federal Foundation will help build athletics facility

Representatives from Capital Federal Savings

From Bell Tower - 2018

The Capitol Federal Foundation donated $1 million for the Indoor Athletics Facility at Washburn University.

The new facility will boast an indoor practice football field, a 200-meter banked track and room for softball and baseball teams to practice during the winter months. The banked track will allow Washburn to host regional and national meets as there is a high demand for that type of track. Craig Schurig, head football coach at Washburn, is excited for the potential recruitment opportunities Washburn Athletics will get from the Indoor Athletics Facility.

“This facility will be a game changer for Washburn University,” Schurig said. “We’ll be able to train athletes to their fullest potential because we don’t have to be dependent on the weather, and it will bring more people to campus than ever before because of the potential it offers to host events. Topeka is lucky to have the Dicus family, and we are so thankful for their generosity.”

John Dicus, Capitol Federal’s chief executive officer, said a highlight of giving to Washburn is meeting the student-athletes and following their careers. When they meet, the students are always grateful and hope to be involved in their own communities one day.

“Scholarships are investing in our next generation and investing in those who are going to come behind us in the workplace,” Dicus said. “Giving students the opportunity to learn at the highest level is important to CapFed and will pay dividends well down the road.”

The relationship between Capitol Federal Foundation and Washburn University goes back to the Foundation’s early days. Dicus said when the Bank went public and created the Foundation, Washburn University President Jerry Farley contacted him to discuss how the two organizations could work together. Capitol Federal Foundation’s first major gift went to the Living Learning Center. Other gifts include the creation the Capitol Federal True Blue Scholars program to recognize and award top student-athletes, supporting Stoffer Science Hall and the Capitol Federal Athlete Strength and Conditioning Center in Whiting Fieldhouse and sponsoring the Leadership Challenge Event each year.

“We receive thank-yous throughout the community from individuals who have relationships with Washburn and who also care about our community,” said Tammy Dishman, Capitol Federal Foundation president. “We believe it’s important to give back to the place where you live and work and try to make it a better place.”

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