Mark Twain said, “20 years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones that you did do.”

As a member of our medical community, I have a different perspective why a new St. Ambrose University stadium is essential. In the Quad-Cites and the State of Iowa, we have a shortage and struggle to recruit physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and physician assistants.

SAU offers pre-med classes, nursing, physical therapy and occupation therapy degrees, and soon a physician assistant program. Many athletes gravitate toward those programs. Studies show students are more likely to stay where they receive their education so let’s give them a solid, new reason to play football, soccer, softball or run the new SAU track.

St. Ambrose needs state-of-the-art facilities to attract high-caliber students. We need them to stay in our community. If you’ve visited comparable university campuses, you will agree that St. Ambrose's sporting facilities are not competitive.

How long will this project have a positive impact on our community-- 25 years? Fifty years? More? How many students will benefit? Too many to count!

As a Quad-City community member, taxpayer, member of an aging medical community and parent of a child (class of 2023), I am asking you to consider something a very wise man once told me: “What a man does for himself will die with him. What a man does for his community will live forever.”

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Dr. Ann O’Donnell