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St. Joe's Academy breaks ground on new gym

Reported By: Gary Sinderson
Written By: Marc Stempka

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- A Centre County high school is experiencing growing pains and needs a new spot to host some of their athletic events.

St. Joseph's Catholic Academy broke ground Wednesday on a new gymnasium and multi-purpose center to benefit the students and the community.

Since St. Joe's opened in 2011, the school has seen an increase in students, and with a growing student body come a growing need for facilities.

The school is currently housed in a former State College Area School District building in Boalsburg. Without a regular gymnasium, the school's sports teams have had to hold most of their practices and games on the road.

But as the result of a recent fundraising campaign, the constant road games and matches will be coming to an end.

"It means a place where we can call home. We can defend our home court, our home mat, for the indoor sports," St. Joe's Athletic Director Chad Walsh said. "We have volleyball, we have basketball, we have wrestling. It is also a place people can get together as a community."

The new gym will not only provide more space for the growing school, but the school's Board of Trustees President and school CEO Robert Thomas said it will provide a boost in morale.

"It will be a big plus for the school in general in respect to be able to get together as one and assemble as we continue to grow," Thomas said. "We're busting out of our student union at the school. So for mass, assemblies, for get-togethers in respects to the school and parents and faculty, it's a big plus for us."

The plan is to have the gymnasium completed in a year.

The school has about 120 students, and Thomas said 90 percent of the students are involved in the school’s sports teams.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times