Millsap holds groundbreaking for turf/track project

Apr. 14—The Millsap community recently came together to celebrate a groundbreaking for a new turf and track project at Bulldog Stadium.

The ceremony included recognition of Jerry and Vickie Durant, who gave the district a $2 million donation in September to enhance the district's athletic complex. Vickie Durant is a graduate of Millsap ISD.

"Our athletes now have a first class facility for training and competition," said Jake Johnson, Millsap athletic director and head football coach. "As a coach, I anticipate an immediate benefit on the reduction of impact injuries associated with our track surface and practice fields. Less time recovering from injury equals more time training at our craft."

The athletic director said the new facility now mirrors the expectations put on those athletes that will use it.

"Millsap is a great place," he said. "We have a great school, great families, great kids and coaches ... First class all the way."

MISD Superintendent Edie Martin welcomed guests to the groundbreaking and acknowledged the partnerships with Parkhill Architects and Symmetry Sports Construction. In addition to thanking the Durants, she expressed the positive impact the donation will have on the MISD students of today and the future.

"This is more than just the installation of a turf football field and a new track facility," Millsap ISD board president Chad Edwards said. "It is an investment in the development of our kids and community and the life lessons that they will be taught while using this facility that will instill values of teamwork, perseverance, and character that will resonate for years to come.

"The impact of the Durants' donation extends far beyond the confines of the playing field. It symbolizes an unwavering commitment to nurturing the potential of every Bulldog ensuring they have the resources and opportunities to thrive in all aspects of their lives."

Johnson said he feels confident the improvements will generate more interest and income in the future.

"We intend to host track meets, playoff games and continue hosting youth football events," he said. "We also now have the capability to host band competitions. Youth summer track, 7-on-7, lineman challenges and elementary field days are also events that we anticipate will be using this facility.

"It truly benefits the entire community — all ages."

Construction is projected to be complete this summer and ready for the Bulldog's 2024-2025 football season. For more information, visit