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Bedlingtons Give Back to Support CWU Student-Athletes

Dick and Marlys Bedlington recently gifted the Central Washington Foundation $250,000 to help improve athletic facilities at CWU through the Wildcat Commons project. As part of this project, the Recreation Sports Complex was built, and the Dick and Marlys Bedlington Throws Venue was created.

When asked why it was important to give back to student-athletes at CWU, Dick said, “If it wasn’t for Central, I wouldn’t have what I have today. Central helped me grow in all different areas of my life; education, financials, communication, and developing as a person. I wanted to help make sure current students have the same opportunity I did at Central and help them get the most out of their time there.”

The new throws venue meets the NCAA competition regulations to house several different track and field events including discus, hammer, javelin, and shotput. The javelin runway has Dick Bedlington's name down the side of it, along with his standing school record of 241’11” that he set in 1970. 

Dennis Francois, director of athletics at Central Washington University, extends his gratitude to Dick and Marlys Bedlington for making the new throws venue possible.

“The generosity that the Bedlingtons have shown to Central Washington University and its student-athletes truly exemplifies what it means to be a Wildcat,” Francois said. “The upgraded track and field facility creates new opportunities for our student-athletes that were not previously available to them, and the Bedlingtons were monumental in helping make that possible.”

The Bedlingtons now hope other student-athletes will strive to do their best while using this new state of the art sports complex. 

"Having a facility like this pushes me to be a better thrower," CWU shotput and discus thrower Avery Fisk said. "I want to prove that I am deserving of this D-1 quality facility. Being a freshman and coming to a facility like this is a dream come true."

The ribbon cutting for the new Recreation Sports Complex was held last month where CWU President James Gaudino, Recreation Director Matthew Boyer, and Dick and Marlys Bedlington had the pleasure of opening the stadium to CWU students for the first time.

“The thing that impresses me the most about Central is how appreciative and kind the students are. They really do seem like the future best citizens of America,” said Marlys. “The ribbon cutting was so heartwarming. Everyone was so kind and the welcome was wonderful.” 

The Recreation Sports Complex is now open to all CWU students and can be used as a safe, protected space for students to use both during the day and at night. It includes not only the new throws venue but also a 400-meter NCAA competition all-weather track, multi-directional runways for jump events, an artificial turn infield, perimeter fencing, and stadium lights.

The CWU Foundation sincerely appreciate donors like Dick and Marlys. Want to invest in success? Consider giving to support Wildcat Commons and Central students today.

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