Austin Peay State University (APSU)
Clarksville, TN – Last month, Austin Peay State University (APSU) hosted a groundbreaking for the new APSU Baseball Clubhouse at Raymond C. Hand Park. Special recognition was given to lead supporters Doug and Linda Downey and Joe and Cathi Maynard for their generous contributions to the Baseball Facility Improvement Fund.
Several years ago, Joe and Cathi Maynard moved with their family to Montgomery County. As co-owners of ECHO Power Engineering, LLC, Joe and his business partner decided to form a 10-year partnership with APSU to give back to their new community.
This led the University’s Athletics Department to rename the club level inside Fortera Stadium the ECHO Power Club Level.
Since then, Joe and Cathi have increased their support through a major gift to the Baseball and Softball Facility Improvement Fund.
In October 2018, Doug (’79) and Linda Downey were presented with the APSU Board of Trustees’ inaugural Philanthropist of the Year Award to recognize their lead gift to the Baseball Facility Improvement Fund. A former Governors baseball player and team captain, Doug has been instrumental in promoting the success of the APSU baseball program in recent years.
“This is a transformational project for Austin Peay Athletics, specifically baseball,” Gerald Harrison, APSU director of athletics, said. “Our goal is to consistently enhance the student-athlete experience, and with the help of Doug and Linda Downey and Joe and Cathi Maynard we are able to take the next step. As we continue to build for the future, assistance from great friends and investors like these will propel us into our best days, and we aren’t done yet!”