Chesney Talks About Fundraising for ETSU Stadium

posted October 15th, 2015 at 9:07 pm

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by Josh

Back in March it was announced that Kenny Chesney would co-chair the committee to raise funds for a football stadium for East Tennessee State University. Chesney released a statement on the effort:

“I believe there are two things in the world that really pull people together: sports and music,” Chesney said in a statement provided to us by his publicist. “I know how big a part of my life they are. And over the years, the things I’ve learned growing up in East Tennessee have made a huge difference in my life. So to be able to help East Tennessee State raise the funds for a stadium seems like the best way to inspire generations of young people coming up and looking to make their mark on the world – whether they play there, go to games with their friends and make memories or learn how to dream.”

Seven months after announcing the partnership with Chesney the university is well on its way to its fundraising goal. In fact, Carter says ETSU has identified roughly $20 million in funding for the stadium. The university’s goal is $26.6 million.

Carter says no matter the degree of Chesney’s involvement the university is already grateful.

“He’s known the world over and I think his passion for this university is a great asset for us,” Carter said. “Kenny is what I’ve called one of the crown jewels of this university. He’s just got so much credibility and so much talent. He’s an icon and for him to take his time and for him to allow us to utilize his name in support of this effort it tells a lot about what kind of person he is and how much he loves where he’s from. There are members of his camp that are also East Tennessee State University grads and are lifelong friends that have personal investment to see us do well and want us to succeed in everything that we do and that makes it very special.”

Read more at WJHL.


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