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Cedarville University Dedicates 60,000 Square-Foot Doden Field House

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Cedarville University’s Doden Field House was dedicated yesterday in honor of the late Rev. Chester A. Doden. Doden’s wife, Margie (left); son, Daryle; and daughter, Sandra Latham, were a few of the Doden family members present for the dedication. Daryle is a Cedarville University trustee. Photo credit: Scott L. Huck/Cedarville University

by Public Relations Office

January 24, 2005

Cedarville, Ohio—Cedarville University dedicated its Doden Field House yesterday in a ceremony paying honor to the late Rev. Chester A. Doden, father of Cedarville University trustee Daryle Doden. Daryle, who is president of the Ambassador Steel Corporation in Auburn, Ind., remarked that the Field House should honor all those, seen and unseen, who carry on the legacy of integrity, generosity, and faith exampled by his father. "We must carry the torch," Daryle added, "to live life like my father lived — he had a great love for God, his family, his parishioners, and for rural America." The son of German immigrants, the Rev. Doden grew up on an Iowa farm, receiving just an eighth-grade education. He later went on to graduate from Chicago`s Moody Bible Institute and serve more than 40 years as a pastor, sharing God`s Word with churches in rural America. Opened in 2003, the Doden Field House has already proven itself a versatile and popular addition to Cedarville University campus life. The 60,000 square-foot building boasts four courts usable for indoor tennis, basketball, and volleyball. Its 200-meter track allows for indoor track meets, casual walking and jogging, and a multitude of other recreational activities. The structure has also been used to successfully host Cedarville University`s 2004 commencement, class meetings, basketball and volleyball camps, Homecoming activities, and a variety of youth events. The Doden Field House is just one part of the $12.8 million Recreation Center complex. For more information about the complex, visit the Recreation Center Web site at www.cedarville.edu/academics/hhp/reccenter. -30-