FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) -- Chesapeake Energy Corporation awarded a $50,000 grant to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary for use in building two new playgrounds on campus. The playgrounds are scheduled to be placed at the seminary’s Robert and Goldia Naylor Children’s Center and J. Howard Williams Student Village, which houses the largest percentage of seminary students with families.

“Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is thankful for the recent gift from Chesapeake Energy Corporation,” said Mike Hughes, vice president for institutional advancement. Hughes sees the relationship between the seminary and energy company as a positive factor in the community. “Southwestern Seminary continues to be a significant economic contributor to the south-side of Fort Worth.  We are grateful that Chesapeake Energy joins us in this effort, and we look forward to further partnerships with Chesapeake Energy in the days ahead.”

Julie Wilson, vice president of corporate development for Chesapeake Energy, expressed the company’s excitement in providing the grant, saying, "Chesapeake Energy is pleased to underwrite the construction of two new playgrounds, along with age-appropriate play equipment, that will ultimately provide a safe and fun environment for the children of students at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. We are pleased to support the Seminary and are committed to working with them to enhance the surrounding community."