Athletic Centre fundraising reaches goal

The Game On campaign in support of the new Arnold Massey ’55 Athletic Centre at Trinity College School has reached its $12 million fundraising goal! Led by the Burns-Massey Challenge, which consisted of a combined lead gift of $7.5 million from Old Boys Arnold Massey ’55 and Michael Burns ’56, TCS alumni, parents, faculty & staff and friends have rallied to donate another $4.5 million and meet the project’s funding target. With construction on time and on budget, the new athletic facility will be open for the start of school in September 2017 and will be fully paid for by donations from the TCS community.

According to Headmaster Stuart Grainger, the campaign’s success has been a three part effort. “First we had the tremendous generosity of Arnold Massey and Michael Burns. This project would not have happened without their leadership. Second, the project benefitted from a broad base of support with more than 1,000 donations, both large and small. Third, the Game On Celebration event on October 29, 2016 at TCS, co-chaired by Alyson Quantrill P’13 ’15 ’19 and Wendy Ito P’15 ’18 energized the final phase of our fundraising. The School is so grateful for the generosity of the TCS community.”

The current wet field conditions at TCS have reinforced the impact the new athletic centre will have on the TCS experience. “We would love to have these new spaces now!” says TCS Athletic Director Tim White. “Our teams and recreational programs are scrambling for indoor spaces while we wait for the fields to dry up.” The three gymnasiums (one single, one double) in the new facility, when added to the existing upper and lower gyms, mean that no matter the weather, our programs will have ample space for practices and activities. Additionally, the athletic centre will include two additional squash courts (for a total of five), a new athletic therapy clinic, classroom and office space, a cardio and resistance training centre and change rooms.

Student excitement for the new facilities is palpable, according to Head Girl Sharon Omiwole. “It has been exciting to watch this project unfold over the last two years.”

“While our year graduates one year too early to enjoy the new athletic centre, my sister is in Grade 9 and she can’t wait!” added Head Boy Nathan Titterton.

A number of enhancements are envisioned for the new athletic centre, which were not part of the initial construction budget. These include new furniture for the physical education classroom and office, video live streaming cameras for the new gymnasiums and a number of sports history and memorabilia displays. Fundraising for these initiatives is ongoing, involving alumni reunion classes and the upcoming Parents Fund appeal. Furthermore, a number of naming opportunities are still available in the new facility to acknowledge major gifts.

Headmaster Grainger also had high praise for the various teams involved in the construction process. “The TCS infrastructure committee chaired by Mike Bellamy ’93 has done a superb job leading the planning of this new facility. Athletic Director Tim White has been a key partner in ensuring the new spaces have optimal impact on our programs. BBA Architects came up with a fabulous design and Peak Engineering has done a great job with construction and working with the sub trades. Finally Bill Conley and his team in the TCS property office have done yeoman’s work as the liaison with the architect and contractor.”

The official dedication and blessing of the Arnold Massey ’55 Athletic Centre is scheduled for Saturday, September 23, 2017 in conjunction with the annual Bear Fair event organized by the TCS Parents’ Guild. The School’s sports teams will be in action along with an alumni squash tournament and an Old Girls vs. Bigside basketball game. All members of the TCS community are invited to campus to tour the new facilities. We hope you will join us!