Athletic performance center dedicated at Franklin Heights High School

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
The Franklin Heights High School community is celebrating the end result of a year-long fundraising effort to update its indoor training facility for student-athletes. On Jan. 10, dozens of alumni, current students, district officials, and local business leaders attended the public dedication of a new athletic performance center located within the Falcon’s Nest. According to Kevin Mulvany, the head football coach who spearheaded the fundraising effort, more than one hundred donors raised $120,000 to build a new athletic hub at the school’s recreation center. “I am so thankful to this community who put in so much time and money to help us create a new era of health and wellness for our student-athletes for decades to come,” he said. Mulvany, shown here at the left celebrating with members of the football team behind him, and principal Tim Donahue and athletic director Brock Mullins at the far right, said the new athletic performance center has 10 benches, five double-sided racks, more than 7,000 pounds of weights and dumbbells for lifting, durable turf for speed training, and stations for plyometric training and injury prevention and recovery. “This is seriously nicer than the stuff I had when I was at Kent State,” he quipped.
Seth Byas, a senior at the school, showcases some of the exercises that can be done at the interlocking bench station. Mullins said equipment outfitter Straydog Strength helped set up the design of the training hub in such a way as to maximize the performance for all student-athletes. “There will be no more standing around and waiting for your turn to use the equipment,” he said.
Kevin Mulvany and alumni donor Roger Rawlins pose for a picture near the new benches. Rawlins, a 1984 graduate who played baseball and golf during his time at the school, said he wanted to become involved in this fundraising effort as a way to give back to the community he loves.


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