Rosemount's Tom Compton donates to Hope Fieldhouse project
The Hope Fieldhouse project in Rosemount received another large donation last Friday from Rosemount native and NFL player Tom Compton. Compton—who was born in Rosemount and played football for the Irish—spent last season with the Minnesota Vikings and recently signed with the New York Jets for his eighth NFL season. Compton donated $75,000 to be spread across three years and the facility's fitness center will be named after him. His donation comes on the heels of a $50,000 gift from the Kirk and Julie Cousins Foundation a few weeks ago from the current Vikings quarterback and now former teammate of Compton, as well as another $50,000 from Minnesota Energy Resources.
Hope Fieldhouse will be a 42,000 square-foot facility that will be by the Community of Hope Church on the corner of Biscayne Avenue and 145th Street. It will feature four basketball courts (three high school and one college-sized) that also hold six volleyball courts and can be divided even further, a fitness center, walking track, locker rooms, concessions and other spaces that will host other wellness-based vendors.
After the donation from Cousins, Hope Fieldhouse was nearly completely funded and a loan has been approved. They plan on breaking ground this spring and be open within five months.
Compton said he first heard about the project from a friend.
"The first I heard about it was from my friend growing up, Josh Shoaf, we went to school together, played football together, and he had reached out to me about what they were trying to get done and as soon as he told me about it I was immediately intrigued and wanted to help out as much as I could because I think it's a great idea," he said. "So he was kind of the catalyst in all that."
He also said that he's well aware of the space needs facing Rosemount having grown up there and experienced them himself.
"I feel like that's been a need in Rosemount for a long time," Compton said. "Just having enough field space for youth sports is huge and especially with our weather here, having something indoors is always nice. It just made sense."
Compton also said there is a possibility in the future of him and Shoaf holding camps and clinics at Hope Fieldhouse.
"Yeah, we don't really have anything set, me and Josh are currently working on stuff moving forward, what to get done, but we haven't really gone into any details about it," he said.
Compton graduated from Rosemount High School in 2007 and went on to play at the University of South Dakota for the Coyotes. He was then drafted in 2012 in the 6th round of the NFL Draft (193rd overall pick) by the Washington Redskins, where he played his first four seasons. After four years in Washington, D.C., he spent one season with the Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Bears before landing in Minnesota with the Vikings last season. Compton played in and started 14 games for the Vikings for the 2018-2019 season.