TULSA, Okla. – As part of the Oral Roberts University 50th Anniversary celebration, the school broke ground on the ONEOK Sports Complex which will be the new home to the ORU tennis and track & field programs.
The complex, which will be built without any debt to the University, will provide ORU with the first outdoor track facility in the history of the school.
“We appreciate the support of the administration, especially the donors. The ONEOK foundation has been instrumental in the project and the rest of the donors have done a tremendous job. We are excited to build it debt free and construction will begin very soon,” said ORU Director of Athletics Mike Carter.
Head Track and Field Coach Joe Dial saw the groundbreaking as an answer to prayers. “8,139 days I have worked at ORU with a vision of a track in this spot. Today really shows that God answers prayers. It may not be on our time but He answers prayers on His time.”
For the tennis program, it is about community: “It is everything to our program. Having a facility like this really means the world, to be able to have some community involvement. To host matches and host tournaments and host USTA leagues and have nice courts for not only the student-athletes that come from other countries but for the student body as well.”
I am really excited about the community that will come along with this facility. It will help in hosting USTA events, it will help the student-athletes that come from other countries and the students who are here for the classes as well,” said Men’s Tennis Coach Mark Milner.
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