ETSU athletics announces naming of Summers-Taylor Stadium
Monday, April 30, 2007


                JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 30, 2007) - During a luncheon ceremony Monday at the Carnegie Hotel, the ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics officially honored Rab and Nita Summers and Summers-Taylor, Inc., for their naming level financial support for the Buccaneers' new on-campus soccer stadium.


            Summers-Taylor Stadium is currently under construction on the west side of the ETSU campus, with plans to play women's games on the field this fall and complete the stadium portion of the project by October of this year. The Summers' financial gift of $500,000 represents the second largest gift to the program's current $80 million dollar capital campaign for new athletic facilities. A $1.4 million gift from an anonymous donor helped fund the Warren-Greene Golf Center earlier this decade.


            "We are so proud to have strong supporters like Rab and Nita Summers, and their gift to this program will help take both our men's and women's soccer programs to the next level," said ETSU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dave Mullins. "This is a perfect example of how public/private cooperatives can help build our program and make our new athletic facilities a reality. It started with our state-of-the-art golf practice facility, and it continues with this gift from the Summers family."


            Rab Summers said he and his family were proud to continue their relationship with ETSU athletics.


            "We've always been impressed with all the hard work everyone involved in ETSU athletics puts forth - from the administration to the coaches to the student-athletes," said Summers, president of Summers-Taylor, Inc. "We're proud to support that hard work, and we hope this helps continue the capital campaign project."


            The "Pathway to Excellence Athletic Campaign" calls for new athletic facilities for all of ETSU's 16 varsity sports, and is part of the total university's "Reaching Higher" capital campaign of over $200 million. Following the soccer facility, plans are underway for a new softball complex, baseball stadium, outdoor track, tennis facility and basketball arena.


            For more on the "Pathway to Excellence Athletic Campaign," visit