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Work starting soon on shot put, discus venues
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RIPON – The Stouffer Field revitalization efforts could soon be taking shape.

Try as early as this spring. By then, Ripon High track and field athletes could make use of the brand-new discus and shot put venue.

At last week’s Ripon Unified school board meeting, Stephanie Hobbs, president of the Ripon Community Athletic Foundation, said the initial plans of re-doing the stadium recently received approval from the Division of State Architect in Sacramento.

Included is the football / soccer field infrastructure or, as RCAF member Vince Hobbs calls it, the “non-glamorous” work.

Stephanie Hobbs noted that the South San Joaquin Irrigation District and the Building Dreams Foundation have each donated $1,000 to go towards the shotput and discus planned for the north end of Stouffer Field.

She added that RCAF is actively pursuing donations for the planned double-sided, state-of-the-art scoreboard for the north end of the stadium facing Highway 99.

“We still have a few hoops to go through,” Hobbs said.

In 2007, RCAF started as a grassroots effort to upgrade the facilities at RHS.

The group saw it necessary to upgrade the over 70-year-old stadium equipped with a substandard running track – only five of the six lanes on the track are useable, with the surface made of soil and clay – with hopes of converting Stouffer Field into a gem of the community featuring a regulation-sized football / soccer field and eight-lane track.

RCAF relies on donations along with proceeds from annual fundraising events such as Rina’s Run to help make this dream possible.

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