JACKSONVILLE, Florida – It has been a trying year for high school sports as the coronavirus pandemic has forced the cancellation of some games and training, leaving many young athletes disappointed.
But a Jacksonville high school will resume athletic programs next year with renewed focus thanks to a donation of advanced equipment.
At Raines High School, student-athletes had to use decades-old training equipment, while others had new equipment.
“We can see some of the equipment or the country houses or just some of the state of the art things that they have, our kids are always asking, ‘Why can’t we have it? “Said Raines director Vincent Hall.
Raines athletic director Tony Bannister said: “You walk around some places and some of the best programs in the country and you go to their schools and you see the equipment they have, you see the five or six sleds. different that they have, and you say, “Wow man, imagine if we had some of this stuff to work with how much better our program would be. “
In January, they will no longer have to imagine. Former Jaguars offensive tackle Tony Boselli’s foundation worked with Academy Sports + Outdoors to provide Raines with $ 5,000 in new training and exercise equipment.
The athletic director and Raines director were on Tuesday at Academy Sports‘ Southside location to accept the gift from Boselli and the Academy.
“Raines is doing pretty well with the old stuff, so I would be worried if I was in the state of Florida. They have something new. They have great kids there, smart kids, great athletes, and we’re just happy to be able to help them with new equipment to take them to greater heights, ”said Boselli.
Some of the newer equipment includes weights, dumbbells, benches, dumbbells, floor mats, treadmills, and other cardio equipment.
“They will be very grateful to know that the Tony Boselli Foundation has reached out and said, ‘Listen, we believe in you and we want to invest in your physicality. So, you know, they’re going to be excited, ”Hall said of the students.
Boselli said it all started when his foundation picked a Raines Teacher of the Year and spoke about the needs of the school. It was then that they realized that a modernized weight room would help Raines athletes for years to come.
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