New Ross Athletic Center To Promote Student-Athlete Success
This fall, Kiski students won’t just be hitting the books -- they will be hitting the new Ross Athletic Center. The debut of Kiski’s new Ross Athletic Center will take place on Saturday, October 24at 1:30 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony coinciding with Homecoming 2015. The Ross Athletic Center will give students the opportunity to train in professional-grade athletic facilities.
Benefits of the New Facility
The new equipment and training tools in the Ross Athletic Center will help student athletes prepare for the world of college sports. Chris Spahn, the Director of Athletics, as well as the head varsity lacrosse and hockey coach, expressed his excitement over the new facility.
“The new facility is comprised of the new multipurpose gym and that’s great for everybody. It’s a rubber floor so all the teams can practice inside. Also on the first floor are two new locker rooms (Slease and Webb Family Locker Rooms), a state-of-the-art training room (The Jamison Room), and a team video room (Sturges Team Room), and a coaches locker room (Johnston Coaches Locker Room),” Spahn said.
The athletic center has everything student athletes and coaches need to find success on and off the field. The Sturges Team Room has 40 movie-theatre style chairs and a pull-down screen for the athletes to review games and develop strategies. There is also a medical center, The Jamison Room, which provides athletes with much of the medical and conditioning attention they need. Spahn said the facility was updated to stay current and provide student athletes with the best possible resources in order to perform at a high-level.
One of the main goals of the new structure is to give the students state-of-the-art facilities and provide Kiski coaches and athletes with the tools necessary for success. The Kutz Fitness Center will be one of the main facilities used by the students to keep them competing at a high level. The floor of the Jacob Multi-Use Gym will serve the needs for a variety of sports and other campus activities, such as Cougar Cup events and weekend activities.
Additional Campus Improvements
In addition to new construction, the existing structures also received updates and major renovations. After a thorough cleaning, the McCutcheon Natatorium was restored with new lighting, fresh paint, and a beautiful wood ceiling in the pool area. The Hoag Gymnasium, has also been updated with new floors and equipment.
This fall, we will also welcome our third class of inductees into the new Osikowicz Athletic Hall of Fame. After reminiscing in the Hall of Fame, alumni can enjoy the Rockwell Patio, a communal space with a fire pit. The patio is also near the Lignelli School Store and Snack Bar at the Donald H. Jones Stadium and Andreini field.
The Ross Athletic Center represents the final step in a ten-year renovation process at Kiski. These new facilities and renovations have improved the Kiski experience for students to give them the best resources available as they prepare for college life, academics, and athletics. Our student athletes will benefit immensely from the top-notch facilities we’ve provided.
“I’m particularly excited about the weight room because of the new equipment that we’re purchasing. The company providing the equipment have been with the Cincinnati Bengals, Ohio State, and other high caliber teams,” Spahn said.
Student-athletes are overall more prepared for college after balancing academics and athletics in high school. Not only will our new facility prepare students for college-level sports, but will also encourage lifelong, healthy habits and intellectual pursuits.
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Established in 1888, The Kiski School is one of the oldest, independent, all-boys, college preparatory boarding schools in Pennsylvania and the United States. Home to 200 boys, Kiski offers an academically rigorous curriculum that includes Advanced and Honors courses, 12 varsity sports, and a community that allows boys to thrive through project-based learning and self-discovery. Kiski's beautiful, 350-acre campus is located in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, 30 miles east of Pittsburgh, PA.