Homer Hanson Stadium Committee Announces Fundraising Campaign & Public Meetings

The Homer Hanson Stadium Committee is announcing a fundraising campaign for the Homer Hanson Stadium Renovation Project. The purpose of the project is to update, enhance and maintain the facilities. Individual, group and corporate donations will be used to build a press box, refurbish the track, install field turf and purchase a new scoreboard.

A lead donor has come forward on the $2.75 million project.

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The press box will be a new structure with restroom facilities to accommodate senior citizen seating. It will be equipped to handle advancements in technology and will allow additional interior space for broadcast and coaching personnel.

Artificial turf will replace natural grass on the playing surface. This will provide year-round field usage for educational, athletic and community event purposes. An expanded 8-lane track will be installed in order to comply with KSHSAA sanctioned events and will provide additional health and wellness space for the community.

The group is planning a series of informational meetings that will be open to the public. Dates are to be announced. For those interested in making a contribution or receiving more information, please email hhsc@bluevalley.net or call Jeff Dankenbring at (785) 562-8386.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttp://www.sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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