Columbia College recently re-dedicated its renovated soccer field in honor of Dollie Isgett Younts and Kerry Ann Younts Culp, graduates of the college whose donations paid for athletic facilities upgrades.
"I have fond memories of my time at Columbia College," said Dollie Isgett Younts, who graduated in 1951 and lives in Fountain Inn. Her daughter, Kerry Ann Younts Culp, graduated from Columbia College in 1979 and went on to become an elementary school teacher in Greenville County. She died of leukemia in 1996 at 39.
Melvin Younts said he wanted to honor his wife and his daughter in supporting Columbia College. "We thought that supporting the athletic program could be a unique and important contribution to a women's college," he said. "People often think of football and baseball as collegiate sports, but athletics are an important part of the women's college experience."
Contributions from the Younts have enabled Columbia College to develop property into what is now a soccer field, build seating for the facility and add a ticket booth, a press box, lighting and a new scoreboard.
- Wayne Washington