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Alder athletic training complex idea gains momentum
Jonathan Alder school board member John Adams says his vision of creating an athletic training complex at the high school is gaining momentum.
“I’ve had a lot of comments on it,” he said in an update at the Oct. 15 school board meeting. “We’re raising a lot of interest.”
He said that as he talks with people in the community, he finds that they want more information.
“They...want to know why we can’t use the (old) Plain City Elementary school for such a facility,” he said. “That has wooden floors and that’s what we want to get away from. In addition, the showers have been turned into classrooms, and we have transportation issues with using the building. We’re trying to keep things central to the campus site.”
Adams said he is ready to contact architects for drawings of the interior and exterior of the proposed complex. He is developing an outline for giving levels and working with businesses to generate matching donations. He said he plans to provide donors with instant recognition online, as well as at the facility, as has been done on the locker room wall at the football field.
His biggest news is that Donnie Nickey—a Jonathan Alder alum, former Ohio State University football standout and recently retired NFL player—is interested in being involved in the project.
“He’s going to live in the district,” Adams said.
Nickey was a third-round NFL draft pick and played for the Tennessee Titans from 2003 to 2010.
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