#RUNWITHUS and Name A Seat!2020-01-23T15:37:12-05:00

#RUNWITHUS and Name A Seat!

Hello Friend!


The 24-acre site is located 30th and Muhammad Ali Blvd. in Louisville, KY. Future site of the Louisville Urban League Sports and Learning Complex.

There is a 24-acre contaminated lot sitting in the heart of the west end – our children don’t play on it or even walk on it. We’re going to change that by building a state-of-the-art Sports and Learning Complex on that site. Indoor track and field will be the anchor sport. Louisville will host local track clubs, public and private school meets, NCAA, and USA Track and Field championships. The Sports Commission estimates that during the indoor track season alone, 20,000-30,000 people will travel to the facility from across the country to compete or spectate, which will generate $47 million a year in economic impact. In fact, this is the only project happening in the west end that can bring thousands of new people with disposable income into the community and into our region. This is what the west end needs. This is what Louisville needs.

Track is an equalizing sport – any child with a good pair of shoes, drive and determination can compete. And research shows that track and field athletes have the highest grades, lowest truancy, and highest likelihood of attending college. This isn’t a silver bullet, but with this one project, we can create jobs, impact educational outcomes, improve health, and positively impact property values in the Russell neighborhood and beyond. We’ve started the race, and now we’re passing the baton to you!   


At schools across Kentucky, kids are practicing and competing in hallways because they lack the space to run, jump, and throw.

The city began our campaign with a $10 million commitment, and we are proud to say we were the first private donors to invest in this project! And thanks to the support of Mayor Fischer, Metro Council, HJI Supply Chain Solutions, the James Graham Brown Foundation, Mary Gwen Wheeler, David Jones, Jr., Christy Brown, Stephen Reily, Emily Bingham and many others, we have already raised more than $17 million! Now, we are asking you to join us in this game-changing effort by simply putting your name on a seat or on many seats in the complex. A gift of $5,000 will ensure that you, your company, or a cherished loved one are written into the history of this project. Together, we can level the playing field. 

Your gift matters –  now more than ever. There are lots of ways to make your tax-deductible donation; you can download and print a donation card and mail will your payment, or you can go to can complete contribution right here using the form below to claim your seat or seats! You can also call our Development Office at 502-566-3417. Once you’ve secured your seat(s), please share the news on social media. Trust us – lots of people will care that you are involved and will be influenced by your investment. Be sure to use #RUNWITHUS when you or your colleagues post.

If you would like to give at a different level, you may do so here. Friends, we are running the race of a lifetime. Run with us!

With gratitude,

Alice K. Houston and Ulysses “Junior” Bridgeman
Development Committee Co-Chairs
Louisville Urban League Sports and Learning Complex

We’re asking every CEO and business owner to #RUNWITHUS by buying a seat in our complex. For $5,000, your name, your organization’s name, or that of a loved one will be represented in this transformational project.

Alice Houston, HJI Supply Chain Solutions
#RUNWITHUS LUL Sports and Learning Complex

Frequently Asked Questions

How else can I be involved?2019-06-19T11:36:03-04:00

Be an influencer!

This project is about a lot of things: track, sports, education, kids, wellness, economics, revitalization, and COMMUNITY! If you can see yourself in any one of those words, then you can be an influencer. We invite you to come #RUNWITHUS by using your platform. If you are on social media, use it to inform your friends and followers. Tell them why this project is so important to you. Invite them to come #RUNWITHUS and contribute in some way. Be sure to tag us (we’re on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) and use the hashtag #RUNWITHUS

If you are not social media, then send an email or go out and speak to family, neighbors, or faith community. Show them how important this project is to you and invite them to come #RUNWITHUS. No gesture is too small. We need your voice and your support. Everybody can play a role in making this project a success. Come #RUNWITHUS

Are there other ways to donate2019-06-24T17:21:23-04:00

Yes! If you would like to donate in increments smaller than $5,000, you can do so HERE. If you are interested in larger naming opportunities, please review our sponsorship packet and contact our development team at [email protected] or (502) 585-4622.

What if my employer has matching gifts?2019-06-19T11:39:15-04:00

Employer matching gifts can be used to reach the required contribution amount to name a seat. Please contact our Development Office at 502-566-3417 or [email protected] to discuss your options further.

What forms of payment are accepted?2019-06-19T11:39:30-04:00

Check and credit cards, including MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover.

Will the seat I name become my seat for actual events?2019-06-19T11:39:50-04:00

No. This campaign is an opportunity to put your stamp on this project and leave a legacy in the revitalization of this community. Purchase of a seat(s) does not include tickets or seat assignments for competitions or events.

Where will the name be placed?2019-06-19T11:40:42-04:00

Nameplates will be placed on the backs of seats in the track stadium. Additionally, all seatholders will be recognized on an acknowledgment wall with all other donors, prominently and creatively displayed in the facility visible to others.

What will be on my nameplate?2019-06-19T11:41:07-04:00

Each personalized nameplate has space for 2 lines with a maximum of 25 characters per line.  You may choose to place your own name, your company or organization, or you may wish to honor someone else. The Louisville Urban League reserves the right to review your submission for length and appropriateness. Offensive, vulgar, and otherwise inappropriate submissions will be returned for revision.

What do I receive when I make a gift to the seat campaign?2019-06-19T11:41:48-04:00

Each gift is commemorated with a personalized nameplate with the text of your choice to be affixed to the back of each seat purchased. The Louisville Urban League reserves the right to review your submission for length and appropriateness. Offensive, vulgar, and otherwise inappropriate submissions will be returned for revision.

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