Monday, December 21, 2009

Fitness Upgrades All Around

A complete workout room renovation made the way for local rural schools to have more.

Vol State is upgrading the workout room in the Pickel building, and decided to donate several treadmills, elliptical sets, and free weights in lieu of selling them.

“Vol State has been really good about donating things to school systems. We took a look at some of the schools in the area who had the biggest need. The rural schools sometimes get left out of proper funding. They have less students and a lack of resources. We draw a lot of students from those schools so it is a win-win situation for everybody,” said Bobby Hudson, Director of Athletics.

“We checked with Trousdale County High School, Red Boiling Springs High School in Macon County, and Westmoreland High School in Sumner County,” said Hudson. He said that the highschools were very receptive with the donations, and came to pick up the equipment while bringing some of their players.

“It’s been awhile and we are trying to upgrade the health and physical education department. We’ve never really done a total renovation like this. Dr. Nichols has been very supportive over the entire project,” Hudson said.

“The room is used extensively, and we wanted to give it more of a fitness center type look,” Hudson said of the workout room.

Hudson said, “The new facility will have three new treadmills, three new elliptical sets, and a new reception station that will be staffed with work study and coaches.”

The target opening for the new workout facility is January 17, 2010.

Volunteer State Community College

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