Thanks to the efforts of a dedicated booster club, private donors and a recent golf tournament featuring a handful of big-time names, the Topsail High School weight room has undergone a total facelift heading into fall practices on Aug 1.
New floors, new mirrors, a fresh coat of paint and new equipment were updates to the school’s weight room, made possible by a fundraising effort over the last four months.
“We expect our kids to go out there and perform and compete now on the 3A/4A level,” Topsail Football Coach Wayne Inman said. “The weight room, while functional, was not up to par. I had a group of parents say, ‘We will raise the money.’”
The boosters held a golf tournament in April, raising about a third of the $30,000 total renovation cost. The nonprofit Friends of Topsail Football welcomed several former and current NFL coaches and players to Belvedere Country Club in Hampstead for the event. Among those who attended were Dwayne Allen, tight end for the Indianapolis Colts, and John Bunting, former head coach at University of North Carolina and a former linebacker with Philadelphia Eagles
“This couldn’t have been possible without the community support,” said Topsail High Principal Chip Hodges. “The golf tournament — that was where the community came through and helped out and of course the booster club members, who put it all on.”
The outpouring of support yielded a refreshed facility, complete with new bars, power racks and kettlebell racks for the facility.
“This builds the foundation for the future,” Inman said. “Hopefully it will help us this year, but what it does is build a foundation of commitment from the school, the parents, the coaches that we want our kids to have the best.”
Hodges said the weight room will not only benefit the football program at Topsail High School. All athletic teams have access to the facility, which also functions as a classroom during the school day.