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sition and suggested plans for a campaign that will reach every Hampton graduate and ex-student with the hope of having them contribute something to the cause.

Sixty graduates and ex-students, who have been asked to serve on the Athletic Field Committee, and to give their financial and moral support, are responding in a most liberal way, and to date have pledged more than $2500.

Dr. R. R. Moton, principal of Tuskegee Institute, pledged the first $1000 toward the field for the Hampton graduates and ex-students who are working at Tuskegee.  The graduates and ex-students working at Hampton have pledged more than $1500.  Robert S. Abbott, Class of 1896, owner and editor of the Chicago Defender, has pledged $1000 toward the field.  This is the largest individual pledge to date. The Hampton students are enthusiastic, and have pledged nearly $1000.  The graduates at Penn School, Frogmore, S.C., Princess Anne Academy, Princess Anne, Md., and Virginia Normal and Industrial Institute, Petersburg, Va., have sent their pledges.

The full equipment of the field will cost more than $30,000.  To secure that amount of money from the graduates and ex-students seemed, at first, like a doubtful undertaking, yet, if every graduate should give $25, and every ex-student $10, is would be a simple matter, not only to give the field, but to erect other enduring monuments at Hampton.  While some may not be able to contribute these amounts, many will be able to do more.  It is hoped, however, that all will contribute toward the field as liberally as their success in life will enable them to do.

Realizing that every Hampton graduate and ex-student is anxious to have a share in this undertaking, and that it may not be possible for everyone to give cash immediately, the Committee has arranged to have the payments of pledges made as follows: first half, on or before July 1, 1921; the second half, on or before July 1, 1922. Checks may be made payable to Don A. Davis, treasurer, or to Charles H. Williams, secretary, both of Hampton Institute, Va.

The Trustees, at their meeting on Founder's Day, gave informal consideration to the athletic field proposition, and expressed their willingness to allot the necessary land. The site has already been selected on the corner of the farm and is bounded by the Whittier Road on one side, and the Soldiers' Home Road on the other.

This idea of an athletic field arose in an effort to meet the present situation, which has been forced, not only upon Hampton, but upon all educational institutions throughout the country. Since the war, greater emphasis is being placed on physical education as one of the first requisites for success and happiness. If our young men are to meet the tests of life during the coming years, they must first be physically fit.

Not one of our many institutions of learning has a well-equipped athletic field, and so in arranging for our first intercollegiate track meet to be held this spring, we are driven to the necessity of providing some sort of makeshift for the accommodation of the event.

Public interest in athletic events of our schools increases with the great development of the sports, and our patrons are demanding better and more spacious accommodations.

Graduates and ex-students could render Hampton and its cause no greater service than to establish here a well-equipped athletic field, where the great intercollegiate games can be played, and national track and field meets held which will appeal to the young manhood of the country.

For these reasons the movement has the endorsement not only of Hampton graduates and ex-students, but of all who are interested in developing the finest type of American citizen. -CHARLES H. WILLIAMS

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Girard Chambers Co.
MARCH 1921. 

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