In conjunction with the Saturday’s home basketball games, Barton Community College will have a special dedication ceremony recognizing the Larry Schugart family’s contribution to Barton Athletics.
Honored at halftime of the men’s basketball game against Cloud County, Barton will present dedication plaques to the Schugart family for their recent donation of a new maple wood floor to soon be placed with the Kirkman Activity Center.
“Larry and Kathy Schugart represent everything good about the words ‘community’ and ‘giving,’ ” Barton Athletic Director Trevor Rolfs said. “Both are extremely active members in the community and have been tireless givers to many organizations over the years as co-founders of the Golden Belt Community Foundation. Their gift to the Barton Community College Athletic Department is just another prime example of the family giving back.”
The installation of the new wood floor is the most recent improvement to Barton’s athletic facilities and will be the feature piece of undergoing improvements to the Activity Center.
Replacing the current outdated and unsafe surface, the new floor court will provide a state of the art surface conducive to the training methods of all indoor sports that Barton offers.
“The long standing relationship that Barton Athletics has shared with the Schugarts is special.” Rolfs said. “I couldn’t be prouder to have a piece of Barton named in their honor.”
One of the founding fathers of the Cougar Booster Club and 2013 inductee into the Barton Athletics Hall of Fame, Larry Schugart and his wife, Kathy, of 50-plus years, have been longtime residents of Great Bend and supporters of Cougars Athletics.
Schugart’s love and appreciation for sports took a big step forward when Barton County Community College opened in 1969.
During the fall of ’69, Larry set up a meeting at his office to discuss athletics at Barton. Seven men attended this meeting and the Barton County Community College Cougar Booster Club was born.
Serving as the Club’s second President following Archie Lindholm, Schugart and this group of men established a booster club that has long been the envy of the not only the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference, but well known throughout the state and country.
From 1969 and continuing through the years, the Schugart family has kept his commitment to Barton County Community College, the Barton Athletic department and the Cougar Booster Club.
In addition to Larry and Kathy’s contributions, all four of their children attended Barton as well — Brenda (’78-79), Rhonda (’79-’80), Jeff (’80-’82) and Rex (’85-’87).
The Schugart family’s continued excitement and support of Cougar Athletics will be permanently displayed with plaques hung near their recently donated wood floor.
The Barton basketball teams will be hosting Cloud County with the women’s game beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the men scheduled to tip-off at approximately 7:30 p.m.
The day will also include a 3 p.m. open-to-public ceremony to induct the 2014 class to the Barton Athletics Hall of Fame.
The inductees will also be honored in a brief recognition ceremony between the women’s and men’s basketball games.