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SVC Dedication Will Celebrate Partnership

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September 2016

St. Ambrose University and Assumption High School, partners in the creation of the SVC Athletics Complex, will celebrate the completion of Phase One of the development with a formal dedication ceremony at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30.

The ceremony will include welcoming remarks by Sr. Joan Lescinski, president of St. Ambrose, and Andy Craig, president of Assumption. The Most Rev. Martin Amos, Bishop of the Diocese of Davenport, will offer a prayer and bless the completed fields and structures at the site, which is located at 620 West Central Park Ave., Davenport.

The ceremony and a number of events at the complex will be part of the 2016 Homecoming weekend celebrations of both schools.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to welcome home former Fighting Bees and Knights and show them the great facilities created through the combined efforts of two longtime diocesan partners in Catholic education," Sr. Joan said. "Considering the shared histories of these institutions and the proximity of the St. Vincent's Center to both campuses, this is a natural ‘team' effort."

Said Craig: "This is the culmination of the first step in a continued partnership between Assumption and St. Ambrose. Today is an occasion to celebrate Catholic education and our Catholic community in Davenport and the Quad Cities."

The dedication ceremony will take place at the facility's north field. It will be moved to the Assumption High School gymnasium in the event of rain.

Activities scheduled around the dedication ceremonies include a St. Ambrose football team practice on the south field beginning at 3 p.m. and a Fighting Bees men' soccer team practice on the north field beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Assumption's traditional Homecoming Powder Puff football game will take place on the Knights' football practice field by the high school, starting at 5 p.m.

A St. Ambrose junior varsity men's soccer game will take place on the north field, starting with warm ups at 7 p.m.

Construction on the opening phase of the multi-phase project began in the spring of 2015. The first phase was completed this past May, when teams for both schools started playing on the new fields.

Two fields built to host soccer, lacrosse and practice football opened this past spring. Also included in Phase I were the construction of a concessions building, restroom and storage facility, as well as a 127-car parking lot. Bush Construction served as contractor.

Phase Two of the complex will include the construction of an outdoor track along with a competition area for field events and an additional athletic field on a western portion of the complex property, nearer to the high school. No timetable has yet been established for the start or completion of that project.

The strong relationship between St. Ambrose and Assumption reaches back to 1882, when Bishop John McMullen welcomed both high school-aged boys and college-aged men to the school he had established in two borrowed rooms at St. Marguerite's Grade School in central Davenport.

St. Ambrose and the St. Ambrose Academy remained a combined institution through the mid-1920s, when the academy became an accredited four-year high school and St. Ambrose College received its accreditation from the North Central Association. Although they operated as separate entities, the two schools shared the campus until 1958, when the all-boys St. Ambrose Academy and all-girls Immaculate Conception Academy merged and Assumption High School opened.

In the intervening years, many of St. Ambrose's most distinguished graduates have been Assumption High School alumni and dozens of St. Ambrose graduates have gone on to teach and coach at Assumption.

"We are quite proud that the partnership that began with Bishop McMullen's vision will continue with this great athletic complex," said Sr. Joan.

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