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Officials from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) and Norse Soccer Athletes broke ground on a new soccer facility during the Ninth Annual Founders’ Day on April 27. The Founders’ Day event celebrates NEO’s 99th year in operation. The new facility will provide modern dressing facilities for athletes, along with direct access to their practice field. “Our soccer coaches are incredibly humble, but they have built really great programs in the last ten years,” said Dr. Hale during the event. “These teams have not only won regional and conference titles, but have produced more All-Tournament and All-Region Players than we have time to count. This facility shows our continued support for these highly successful programs.”

“When Representative Mabon and Senator Commons established the Miami School of Mines almost 100 years ago, I don’t know if they thought that it would one day become an athletic leader among two-year colleges,” added Dale Patterson, NEO athletic director. “I am so proud of all that we have accomplished in the last century and what we will continue to accomplish.”

The NEO Soccer Facility will be constructed on the north end of the parking lot for the Health Science Building. As part of the construction of the new housing facility in 2016-17, the outdated buildings housing the NEO Soccer dressing rooms were demolished. For a full album of the event, visit Facebook.com/gogoneo. (Dr. Jeff and Donna Hale, Dale Patterson, Steve Grimes, and Dr. Mark Rasor joined Coaches Parrigon and Bell and their teams to break ground on the new facility.)

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