Many of the James Buchanan athletic facilities are over 35 years old. They are in desperate need of repair and some no longer meet State and league standards. In 2008, the James Buchanan Athletic Boosters Association Inc., a 501(c)(3) federally recognized non-profit organization, and the Fix JB Sports Committee concluded that improvements made to the athletic facilities would require substantial private funding.
Fix JB Sports is partnering with the Tuscarora School District to begin a new era in James Buchanan Athletics and physical education programs in all District schools. In July 2009, the partnership resulted in a $400,000 project to replace the dirt running track with a new rubberized surface. The new track is now open for community usage and recently hosted the first home track meet in 12 years.
With the track installed and repairs and enhancements to the High School Natatorium underway, the Committee has embarked on a Capital Campaign to complete the upgrades to the athletic facilities. In addition to the Natatorium improvements, the Campaign will seek funds for new lockers, a scoreboard, sound system, bleachers, and expanded square footage for a classroom and storage area.
Additional improvements to Rocket Stadium will include restrooms, a new concession stand, a designated parking area for spectator convenience and safety, and the installation of synthetic turf for increased field usage. The tennis courts are severely cracked and deteriorated due to age and poor site drainage. Neither the boys’ nor girls’ tennis teams have hosted a home match in the last five years. The Campaign will fund relocation and replacement of the tennis courts.
The Fix JB Sports Campaign will ensure our athletes have facilities comparable to other districts and have the opportunity to compete in a safe environment. In addition, the Campaign will improve the overall wellness of our community by providing access and a positive environment for exercise and fitness training.
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