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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Crowdfunding campaign launched to help pay for construction of Hudson’s Zach Tompkins Memorial Stadium

HUDSON – Even after the shovels hit the ground, there’s still a lot of work to be done to make the Zach Tompkins Memorial Stadium a reality.

The stadium’s groundbreaking ceremony was Oct. 26, and now the late 11-year-old’s family is looking to finish the work it started. Necole Tompkins, who created the Zachary M. Tompkins Memorial Fund a month after her son’s passing, launched a crowdfunding campaign last week to garner more donations for the stadium with a price tag of approximately $1 million. ...

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HUDSON – Even after the shovels hit the ground, there’s still a lot of work to be done to make the Zach Tompkins Memorial Stadium a reality.

The stadium’s groundbreaking ceremony was Oct. 26, and now the late 11-year-old’s family is looking to finish the work it started. Necole Tompkins, who created the Zachary M. Tompkins Memorial Fund a month after her son’s passing, launched a crowdfunding campaign last week to garner more donations for the stadium with a price tag of approximately $1 million.

Zach Tompkins was a football player for the Hudson-Litchfield Bears who died in his sleep March 10, 2010. The honor student at Presentation of Mary Academy dreamed of one day having a stadium for his team to play at. Two weeks prior to his passing from an undiagnosed heart condition called Long QT Syndrome, Zach created a ceramic plate for the future stadium. He inscribed it with “Zach’s Stadium – Home of the Hudson-
Litchfield Bears.”

Necole Tompkins started the new fundraising campaign through the website Fundageek.com. She listed her goal as $100,000. As of Tuesday, nine donors had contributed a total of $675, with 30 days left for the project.

Through a number of fundraisers held throughout the greater Hudson community, more than $300,000 has been raised to pay for the project.

There are other ongoing fundraising opportunities. Modell’s Sporting Goods has a 15 percent off coupon for one’s total purchase; 5 percent of the purchases made with the coupon will be donated to the fund.

The coupon is good from Nov. 23 through Dec. 20. Coupons can be downloaded and printed from www.zacharytompkins.org/events.

Another way to help donate toward the cause includes purchasing a Bravelet bracelet. The name of this bracelet is called Zach’s Heart: Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome, the longer name of his heart condition. The stainless steel and genuine leather product costs $35, and $10 from each sale will be donated to the Zach Fund. To buy Zach’s Bravelet, visit www.bravelets.com/product/zachsheart.

The stadium, at 9 Industrial Drive, sits on 13 acres donated by the town of Hudson and also features a 25-year rent-free lease with the Hudson-Litchfield Youth Football and Cheer program approved by voters in March 2011. The complex will be home to two football fields, a baseball diamond, an ice skating rink and a walking path.

Town, state and federal officials have helped the project move along. This includes securing two grants to properly clean up the site of its absestos-laced soil.

Laurel Bisteny, of the Regional Economic Development Center, presented the town with $500,000 from an Environmental Protection Agency Revolving Loan Fund grant. The state Department of Environmental Services also has given a grant in the amount of $150,000.

These two grants should cover the cost of the cleanup of the site. The soil that’s contaminated with asbestos will be sealed in a tube underneath the parking lot. At the groundbreaking ceremony, Sousa Realty already began clearing the land and started digging the hole for the cap.

Erin Place can be reached at 594-6589 or eplace@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Place on Twitter (@Telegraph_ ErinP).