Thanks to a generous gift from alumnus Merritt Dyke who attended Sewanee Academy in 1980, St. Andrew's-Sewanee School will resurface its track in May of this year.
Dyke, who attended Sewanee Academy in the late 1970s and formerly served on the school's Board of Trustees, wanted to make a gift to the athletics program that would have the widest impact on the campus. "The varsity field and the track that surrounds it is a focal point for the school," he said. "Whether athletes are training, visitors are attending home contests, or community members are just trying to stay fit, a well-maintained track is important to their efforts." Dyke considered gifts for equipment or uniform purchases but wanted to do something larger that would have a long-term impact. "I am pleased to be able to help the school tick one of its capital needs off of the list."
Director of Athletics Rob Zeitler is delighted with the gift. "One of our largest athletic programs is track and field," he explained. "More than 40 students participate on the team each year, and, as Merritt notes, the track is used by our other athletic programs, students seeking to stay fit, and community members. Keeping the track in good condition is an important priority for the school and important to the health and safety of our community."
Head of School Karl Sjolund expressed his gratitude for the gift and for Dyke's on-going generosity and involvement with the school. "Merritt approached us asking: 'How can I be helpful?' It is the best question a head of school can receive. Our school prayer speaks of the 'love and labor of many;' alumni and friends like Merritt are the answers to that prayer."
Dyke is chairman of Dyke Industries, a family-owned building supplies company in Atlanta, Ga. He is a former member of the SAS board of trustees.