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Mendocino Coast Sports Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community & Neighborhood Development, Community Service Clubs, Disaster Aid, Economic Development, Physical Fitness & Community Recreational Facilities, Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness & Relief, Sports

Mission: Build a community stadium

Programs: The stadium that we have been planning since 1991 is under construction and by september of 1999 it was in use by the community (although not entirely completed). We continue to add features to the stadium and work to improve it for the community.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a recent board member of this organization but my children have already reaped the benefits of this organization along with other generations in our community as well. This organization has almost completed the impossible: converting bare ground into a high school stadium more impressive than any I have seen at other high schools. This was completely accomplished through volunteer labor or through significantly reduced costs from contractors. Some of the innovative ways that have made this project a reality are:

Purchasing lights and poles from the Port of Oakland for approximately $8,400 and refurbishing them. Had the lights been purchased new they would have been approximately $150,000.

Getting local truckers, as well as the National Guard, to haul 800 truckloads of soil to be compacted into place (24,600 cubic yards). The soil was donated by a local business and the local fuel distributors paid the truckers fuel.

Installing the 80 foot poles by drilling bases 4 feet wide and 30 feet deep and filling them with concrete and rebar. We were able to get a bridge crew who happened to be retrofitting a bridge nearby to bring their equipment and drill the holes and saved approximately $50,000. The stadium is close to being complete but is still in need of additional seating (including concrete pours) and a year-round track (seasonal track in place). Please help us complete this real life Field of Dreams.


Board Member

Rating: 5

We have helped build a first class stadium for our local High School. We are not yet done. Many volunteers and donors have worked hard to make this place for students to learn and play. For our small town, we have accomplished a small miricle


Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization could be the model for other cities and areas to follow. If you like your contributions well spent, and who doesn't, then look at what this organization has accomplished. It is all volunteer, no paid staff, so virtually everything contributed goes to the project.
The project is Timberwolf Stadium, a lighted stadium, that is used by youth and adults alike and has been in development since 1992. It is also designated as a disaster staging area should a clamity befall the area. The stadium is now approximately 80% complete and has received approximately 1.4 Million in contributions and in turn created a stadium valued in excess of $15 Million.
Please read the history of this organization to see how they have leverage contributions to make the most out of them and how they have involved the entire community.