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Golden Eagles - Mon, Oct. 3, 2011

Grand Rapids, Mich. - Cornerstone University is pleased to announce the launch of a baseball team including a state of the art stadium on campus.

A nationwide search for the team's coach is underway with recruiting for a 35-member varsity team not far behind.

"We're very excited to bring baseball back to CU along with a brand new facility for the program," said Dave Grube, athletic director for Cornerstone University. "Our goal is to provide a first class program that will honor God and represent our university with strong character and class.

"The Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference is a strong conference for baseball with great coaches and nationally ranked teams. We're committed to hiring an experienced coaching staff that will work hard to recruit student athletes that can compete at the national level and bring another championship to CU."

Costs are covered by a donation to the school by Jack and Mary DeWitt of Request Foods in Holland. The total donation of $5 million is the largest one-time contribution in the school's 70-year history.

The donors designated the major part of the donation as a lead gift for the construction of a state-of-the-art Chapel, Media Studies and Music Arts building. The remainder of the gift will underwrite the baseball facility and the new baseball program.

"We are so very grateful for this generous gift," said Dr. Joe Stowell, president of Cornerstone University, who announced the donation to students, faculty and staff at Fall Convocation in the Hansen Athletic Center.

DeWitt, founder and president of Request Foods in Holland said, "Mary and I share a mutual interest in and enthusiasm for the mission and vision of Cornerstone University. We are delighted to partner with the university's leadership in the enterprise of graduating students who will influence West Michigan and our world for Christ."

The new facility will host high school tournaments, summer leagues and youth programs. The vision for the facility also includes major league baseball players conducting clinics for West Michigan coaches and players.

"With every new sport added the campus spirit increases and we see that students receive a well-rounded education with not just academics but also co-curricular activities and events," said Grube.

Cornerstone last fielded a baseball team in 1998.

"This provision of God to advance CU's vision will not be taken for granted but rather invested in the lives of our students for maximum outcomes," said Stowell.

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