Fontana High School's athletic facilities were in need of an upgrade, and a big group of volunteers came together to make it happen.
The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation partnered with Niagara Cares to perform a community enhancement project worth $75,000 at Fohi on May 29.
The foundation, joined by volunteers from Niagara Bottling’s local manufacturing facility and Fontana Home Depot stores, installed new fitness equipment, enhanced the weight training facilities and made landscape improvements. Several coaches and student athletes from Fohi helped provide support during the event.
"Hopefully, this will breathe new life into this campus and give the students something exciting to talk about and work toward," said Scott Swinson of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation.
Brandon Colbrunn, the athletic director, was delighted with the project.
"We're really grateful for the groups that put this together," he said. "This is really exciting."
Swinson said the volunteers completely renovated a small weight room on the campus, bringing in all-new equipment and reorganizing the area.
Then the group cleaned and painted the larger weight room. They also organized the athletic storage facilities and put in new sports equipment.
The next day, volunteers planned to help lead a fitness clinic for the students in the newly renovated spaces and provide dinner for the student and staff participants.
This event was one of four volunteer projects led by Niagara Cares and the Ripken Foundation aimed at improving community spaces in order to encourage people to make healthy choices.