Ground Broken for Norton Athletic Center
Ferrum College Breaks Ground on New Athletic Facility
College President calls Hank Norton Center the “culmination of a great dream.”
Ferrum, Va. (October 2, 2010) – Ferrum College broke ground today on a new
$5.5 million athletic center to be named after retired football coach and athletic
director Hank Norton, who led the school to four national junior college championships
and coached five undefeated teams during his tenure. The Hank Norton Center will serve
the College’s 12 men’s and women’s outdoor sports. It will house the Sports Hall of
Fame, a sports medicine/exercise center, and offer state-of-the-art training facilities,
a weight room, classroom, locker rooms, and offices for coaching staff.
“This is the culmination of a great dream,” said Ferrum College President Jennifer
L. Braaten. “The Center is a tribute to a great coach and teacher. It recognizes the
continuing enrollment growth of the College and the strength of our athletic programs
and will benefit all students.”
Braaten was one of several speakers at the groundbreaking ceremony held during Homecoming
weekend, just before kickoff at the Ferrum Panthers’ football game with North Carollina Wesleyan.
The guest of honor, Coach Hank Norton, who was elected to the Virginia Sports Hall
of Fame in 2006, shared a few thoughts with the crowd, prior to helping turn the ceremonial
soil for the event. “I am humbled by the fact that this great college would add my
name to this outstanding addition to the campus,” said Norton. “When I look around
I marvel at how far we’ve come. Ferrum’s future is brighter today that it’s ever been,
and I appreciate all the support past, present and future, that has brought us to
this place and time.”
Athletic Director Abe Naff noted that more than a third of all Ferrum students participate
in intercollegiate sports. “This facility will make Ferrum far more competitive in
today’s intercollegiate recruiting environment,” he said.
The Hank Norton Center is scheduled for completion in late 2011. Work has already
begun in the form of site preparation.
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