Hundreds celebrate the opening of the the new $5.5 million state-of-the-art facility.
Ferrum, Va. (May 4, 2012) – Ferrum College dedicated its $5.5 million Hank Norton Athletic Center (HNC) today,
to the enthusiastic cheers of hundreds of students, faculty, staff, donors and alumni.
The ceremony, preceded by entertainment and “game day” refreshments, was highlighted
by a symbolic ribbon cutting as Ferrum student athletes burst through a tape and ran
onto the field in front of the HNC to the beat of a rousing fight song played by the
Franklin County High School marching band,
“This is a thrilling day for Ferrum,” said President Jennifer Braaten. “Student athletics
has been an important part of our history and mission. This new facility is a much
anticipated addition to campus and will benefit the entire College community for decades
Named for Hank Norton, award-winning legendary former football coach and athletic
director, the HNC includes a training facility featuring the latest technology for
the treatment and prevention of injuries, a weight room, locker rooms, staff offices,
and a large classroom.
“It’s wonderful to see just how far the athletic program has come,” said Norton, who
led Ferrum to acclaim with four national football championships during its junior
Athletic Director Abe Naff calls the HNC a “game changer.” Naff noted that “it will
give us the opportunity to better recruit students who want to continue their athletic
careers after high school. Today’s students are looking for this type of facility
when they choose their college.”
Kim Blair, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, thanked everyone who contributed
to the successful fundraising effort. “We would not have this wonderful building
for our student athletes if not for the generosity of our dedicated alumni, loyal
friends and our Board of Trustees” she said.
Bobby Thompson, Senior Vice President for Administration noted the tremendous economic
benefit of the HNC to the Ferrum community and surrounding areas. “Frith Construction
of Martinsville was the general contractor for the Hank Norton Center and used local
and regional subcontractors and suppliers during the 1 ½ year building process. It
‘s wonderful to realize that this project, which will help attract and retain students
for continued growth, also provided so many jobs in the region,” said Thompson.
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