Gilmour Academy recently hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Figgie Field at Sharnsky Stadium. The field will feature a state-of-the-art turfed infield and outfield and will be completed for the start of the school’s baseball season this coming spring, 2018.
Gimour alumnus Matthew Figgie (#19) ’84 holds the national record for consecutive base stealing (a perfect 170 for 170), was professionally drafted and played baseball and football for the University of Virginia. Figgie Field at Sharnsky Stadium will pay tribute to Matthew Figgie’s grandfather, Harry Figgie, Sr., for his belief that athletics were an important part of a complete education, as well as Coach Ray Sharnsky’s legacy and teachings, according to a statement from the school.
“I am extremely honored and sincerely humbled to give this heartfelt gift in honor of two strong, courageous, and forward-looking men — my grandfather, Harry Figgie, Sr., and Coach Ray Sharnsky.” Matthew Figgie siad at the Oct. 2 groundbreaking ceremony. “Intensity, drive, focus, passion and fearlessness are just some of the core values that Coach instilled in all of his players. This new state-of-the-art baseball facility will forever – and with the utmost respect – honor, celebrate and perpetuate Coach Ray’s legacy, while providing yet another transformational gift that will allow generations of talented, smart and gifted athletes the opportunity to play on this stunning showpiece.”
Head of School Kathy Kenny said of Figgie’s gracious gift, “We are indebted to Matthew Figgie, Figgie Capital and The Figgie Foundation for having the vision to recognize needs at the school and the generosity to bring about solutions. This baseball field will be state-of-the-art and will provide our student-athletes an incredible opportunity.”