C Combine the support of an entire community with the generosity of some LakeVille alumni, add in a good portion of hard work and planning mixed in with a host of volunteers and the result is a new state-of-the-art weight room that will be benefitting LakeVille students for years to come.
That is the recipe used for the new weight room at LakeVille Memorial High School, which was completed over spring break and is now being used daily by the students.
The highlight of the effort to raise the more than $26,000 used in the project was the Woodward Weight Room Challenge. Orrin Woodward (LakeVille Class of 1985) was a three-sport athlete in high school and in fact was voted by his coaches as the Garth Yorton Award recipient in his senior year.
Mr. Woodward went on to become a New York Times best-selling author, Guinness World Record holder for the largest book signing, co-founded two multi-million dollar leadership companies and holds four U.S. patents. But, he never forgot his roots here in LakeVille. Moreover, he hopes he can help current and future students achieve their goals like he did.
To that end, Mr. Woodward spearheaded the Woodward Weight Room Challenge where he challenged students to raise money to renovate the weight room, committing to match dollar-for-dollar all money they raised. That challenge was announced to the students and community at the August meet the team night, where Mr. Woodward also spoke to the athletes.
The fundraising got underway in October and continued through the fall, winter and early spring with events such as a lift-a-thon, donation wall, deer camp dinner and the sale of spirit wear.
In total more than $26,000 was raised, the majority coming from the deer camp dinner and Mr. Woodward’s donation.
Over spring break the physical work took place as some $20,000 in new equipment was installed. $3,000 worth of painting and platforms built by local contractors Fred and Joe Thompson were installed. New record boards totaling some $3,000 were also put up in the room.
“The new weight room will allow our students to work out more efficient and effectively,” explained LakeVille Athletic Director Drew Johnson, who has been one of the driving forces of the project. “It has created enough room for us to begin delving into the new cross fit training systems. It has also provided an element of safety that was needed due to the large numbeer of students that work out now.”
The new weight room would not have been possible without the support of Mr. Woodward, but district officials note there were a host of others who put in much time, effort and money to see this project completed.
Special thanks are sent out to Hilltop Dentists as they were a gold level sponsor. Dr. Jim Ford there is a 2002 LakeVille graduate (the same year as Johnson). More special thanks to The Swantek Family and to Jeremy Wheeler.
Others singled out for special recognition include Lisa Johnson, who ran the entire deer camp dinner, as well as Jean Yorton, Lee Yorton and all the students who worked the dinner and the other fundraisers.
There were so many people involved in this project in so many ways, it is difficult to individually name them all. Just be assured the students at LakeVille today and tomorrow will benefit from their efforts and generosity.