PHOTO: RBR recently welcomed members from the Red Bank High School Class of 1960 who donated $2,500 toward furnishing the school’s new fitness center. Picture above (left to right)(top row) Maureen Perkins, Tinton Falls, Dorothy Corson, Middletown, RBR Track Athlete Sophia Conti, Little Silver, RBR athletic Director Del Dal Pra, Gwendolyn Henderson, Red Bank Soccer/Basketball/Track Athlete Grace Dangler Maureen Perkins, Tinton Falls and RBR Cross Country/Swimmer/Track Athlete Meg Kelly
Little Silver, NJ - For decades, the weight room adjacent to the legendary Red Bank Regional (RBR) field house/ gymnasium was akin to a poor stepchild, antiquated, undersized and poorly furnished. That will soon change as the Board of Education, through their capital improvement account, was able to fund the construction of a nearly 3,000 square foot fitness center accessed directly behind the field house that has hosted many athletic events including indoor track meets.
“This is a badly needed resource we have been trying to build for years,” explains Board President John Garofalo, “We are delighted to finally bring it to fruition.”
Construction on the fitness center began this spring and will continue throughout the summer with an anticipated opening in the fall of 2015. The center will be utilized by the entire school through gym classes that every student must take as well as for training of RBR’s athletes.
RBR Athletic RBR Athletic Director Del Dal Pra comments, “The goal and outcome is to create a healthy environment for the entire student body to realize the importance of healthy lifestyle and to establish a fitness routine as a teen that will follow them into adulthood.”
While the construction of the fitness center for $928,000 was funded by the school district, the Board of Education hopes to furnish the space with donations from the community.
Del Dal Pra explains, “For us to be able to have aerobic and anaerobic workouts for our athletes and physical education classes we need about $100,000 for all the stations, which includes weighs, life cycles, ellipticals and other equipment of that nature.”
Recently, half that need was satisfied by a very generous grant from the RBR Buc Backer Foundation for $50,000. Now RBR looks to its greater community for donations to be able to finance the remaining $50,000. Mr. Dal Pra was delighted to receive members of the Red Bank High School Class of 1960 who contributed $2,500 raised through their 50 year reunion celebration.