Kitsap Credit Union Supports Local Students Through new Athletic Sponsorship
Community gathers for first football game of the season in new athletic sports complex.
In the credit union spirit of “People Helping People,” Kitsap Credit Union recently gave back to its local community by donating funds to the Central Kitsap School District and newly opened sports complex. The new facility opened last Wednesday, just in time to welcome students back to school.
The credit union donated $500,000 for bleachers at the new stadium, which seats 1,400 adoring fans. The athletic complex features a new football field, track, baseball and softball fields, and new tennis courts.
“This investment is rooted much deeper than just a corporate sponsorship. It represents over 80 years of investing in our local students, their families, and organizations, like the Central Kitsap School District, that are the heart of our community,” said Shawn Gilfedder, the credit union’s President and CEO.
“We are excited to continue this partnership now, and into the future – doing life together!”
The original Central Kitsap High School was built in 1942. A new Central Kitsap Middle School also just opened, adjacent to the new high school. The two schools provide students with 313,000 square feet of modern learning and recreation space.
The bleachers have already been put to good use inside the new Kitsap Credit Union Cougar Field Athletic Sports Complex. Fans gathered on Sept. 6 for a football matchup between Central Kitsap and Olympic High School in the Battle of Bucklin Hill. The Central Kitsap Cougars beat the Olympic Trojans 41-17 in an intense game that drew a huge crowd – even the overflow seating had a line. The credit union gave out 1,500 rally towels to fans during the game.
For many years, the credit union has also provided financial literacy courses to students at all three high schools within the Central Kitsap School District.
“At Kitsap Credit Union, we passionately support living life alongside our members, and working together to build our local community,” said Gilfedder.