Students and staff now have new ways to work physical fitness into their agendas at Wellington High School
A $10,000 grant has turned two vacant classrooms into fitness centers equipped with a full dumbbell set, three racks that can be used for everything from bench presses to squats, two treadmills, and two exercise bikes.
Half of the grant was covered by the Wellington Athletic Boosters and the other half by the Lorain-Media Rural Electric Cooperative’s People Fund.
Since its inception in 1999, the LMRE People Fund has doled out more than $1.2 million in grants throughout its service area.
“We still have the old weight room at the football field, but the majority of our athletic teams are housed over here,” said girls varsity basketball coach Nate Morris. “During our basketball season for instance, they’d have to travel across town to go lift.”
The Dukes boys varsity basketball team is already making good use of the new gear, said head coach Dan Gundert.
“Basically all the team’s facilities are here besides football and golf,” he said. “We’re going to incorporate it into our practices and send half of our guys over while the other half stays on the court.”
Morris said faculty members will also be encouraged to use the new facilities.
“Staff will definitely be involved,” he said. “Staff wellness is always something that we want to be at the forefront. Classes could also be putting it to use eventually.”
More grants will be sought out this school year to continue to fill the weight room, according to Morris.
Jonathan Delozier can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @DelozierNews on Twitter.
Photos by Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise Troy Cole puts in some work at Wellington High School’s new weight room in preparation for basketball season.