BELOIT — Construction of an outdoor basketball and volleyball court at West Branch High School will begin this month, thanks to support from local businesses and individuals.
Community contributions – including the land donation from TC Energy with the help of Columbiana Gas – made this new court possible. Over the past few years, the women’s basketball and volleyball programs, including women’s basketball head coach Walt DeShields, have led fundraising efforts that have (to date) raised over $75,000 for the project.
The court will be a full basketball court with two hoops and an adjustable volleyball post/net system. The sports program will use the court for men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball programs. Gym classes will also use the courts. The grounds will be fenced, but accessible to the public during certain times outside of the school and district sports team.
Vasco Sports Contractors will construct the field this spring on the south side of the high school between the gymnasium doors and the tennis courts. The district expects the yard to be completed before the summer.
“This outdoor field will be a great addition to our school facilities. It will also provide a fun place for children and adults to play basketball or volleyball within our community,” says DeShields. “It’s been going on for the past few years, and it’s exciting to see construction finally begin. We look forward to the opportunity to hold outdoor training and lessons at this pitch.
“I would like to thank the School Board, Superintendent Micki Egli and Athletic Director Mike Helm, for their support of this project” says DeShields. “We would also like to thank the families, individuals, organizations and businesses who contributed to this project.
DeShields and the teams are still accepting donations for the project. Additional funding would support improvements to the land, such as fencing, landscaping, lighting that would extend land use periods, signage, etc. Interested donors can contact DeShields at [email protected] or 330-938-2183 ext. 37353.