Bringing out the 'Best' in everyone

The 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing had a three-word motto, and now so does the entryway to Mayer Field.

Mrs. Joy Ellen Best of Tiffin, on behalf of her late husband, Wilson, a 1937 graduate, and their two daughters, Patricia and Joy Ada, provided a significant donation for the entry gate to the field. It is her hope that all students at Heidelberg University “Dream, Believe and Achieve.” The entry way was officially dedicated in honor of the Best Family on Aug. 24.

“Wilson was a graduate of the class of ’37 and Heidelberg has always has been an important part of our lives,” Mrs. Best said. “Heidelberg takes young people from all walks of life and gives them the tools to live a useful and productive life.”

The entry gate was constructed in the summer of 2008 as a part of Phase 1 of a planned recreation and activity complex. The project included replacing natural turf with synthetic turf at Mayer Field, installing new lighting to accommodate night events and other aesthetic improvements. The 400-meter track was restriped and the chain-link fence that surrounded the facility was replaced with a wrought-iron fence and stone columns. Additionally, a new scoreboard was installed, along with security lighting. Another component of Phase 1 was the construction of a soccer game field at Hidden Valley, which currently serves as a practice facility for the men’s and women’s soccer teams.

“The improvements to Mayer Field have had a tremendous impact on our campus,” said Jim Troha, vice president for Institutional advancement and University Relations. “And this gateway is the entrance into a playground for the campus.”

Mrs. Best has been an active member of the community her entire life and was praised for her dedication. “She continually goes out in the community and is helping people feel better about themselves,” said Robert Huntington, Heidelberg president. “She is a great woman who has devoted her life to great things. She is a woman of action and of great impact.”

A plaque engraved with the words “Dream, Believe and Achieve” is located on the wall at the Mayer Field entrance.

“Hopefully these three words will inspire some young athlete, perhaps bring out some hidden talent, or help some individual or group to accomplish its goals,” said Mrs. Best.

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Aug 25, 2009