Mark September 13th on your calendar. The way that the football schedule falls this year, the first home game of the new football season at Jimtown will not be until September 13th vs John Glenn. It will be prior to this game that the official dedication of the new field will happen.
Besides the completion of the beautiful field and the added access that this field will provide for our kids—the Baugo Community Schools Board of Trustees passed an exciting resolution, last Monday, July 22nd to name the new stadium, “Sharpe Stadium” in honor of our hall-0f-fame former head coach. It will still be “Knepp Field”, but it will now be officially, “Sharpe Stadium and Knepp Field”
It makes perfect sense to honor Coach Sharpe in this manner. Coach Sharpe has literally put Jimtown Football on the map. 4 state titles and 6 overall trips to the Indiana Football State Finals, plus an overall record of 288-54 while at Jimtown has made Jimtown Head Coach Bill Sharpe an icon to anyone in Indiana that knows about Indiana high school football. Coach Sharpe has positively affected the lives of literally THOUSANDS of young men who are better men, husbands, employees and citizens for having known Coach Sharpe and had the privilege of being coached by him. The field naming approval by our school board will forever connect the past legacy of Coach Sharpe to this place and this school. We are honored to name it after a great Coach and a great man. This action by our school board to approve the construction of this field and the naming after Coach Sharpe is just another example of the wonderful and continued support by our leadership at Baugo Schools for Education-based Athletics and Activities. Our board understands that programs such as athletics, music, marching band, theater and clubs are the “glue” that sticks kids to their school and community. We are so very grateful for their leadership.
The field is scheduled to be completed sometime next week. The crumb-rubber infill has yet to be added. The field as pictured above is carpet fibers with shock pad and drainage system underneath. When added, The inch or so of crumb rubber will allow the carpet fibers to stand up and spread out to create the typical soft grass feel.
There will be a huge new graphic added to the back of the football scoreboard. This is currently in production and will most certainly be up prior to the 1st home football game, (if not sooner).
In addition to the signage pictured here, we will be purchasing a large boulder and brass plaque that will be placed in the planter box to the left as you enter the main gates. The grass in the planter box is natural grass that was taken from Knepp Field. The boulder will be in honor of Coach Sharpe and the brass plate will commemorate the naming of the field.
Please stay tuned for the publishing of opportunities for ex-players and admirers of Coach Sharpe to donate toward the boulder and plaque dedication. I am sure that there are hundreds of men that played for Coach Sharpe who would love to be able to chip in a few bucks to have a great memorial to honor a great coach.