A new season is about to tip off at Providence Catholic School. As volleyball and basketball players take a break from busy summer league and open-gym workouts in the school’s gym, coaches, alumni, parents and students, descended upon the space and, over the course of four days, June 23 – 26, gave it a major facelift.
Following on the heels of a successful annual 5K Run/Walk, the Providence to Pearl, in April, the new coat of paint represents the kick-start for TEAM Providence, a campaign to build upon a winning tradition for Providence Athletics. The team of faculty, parents and alumni will be working over the course of the next year to gain support for making continued enhancements to the school’s Athletics facilities, and to increase competitive sports opportunities for the school’s 350 students and athletes.
“I’m so proud of our community. All were so eager and willing to help,” says Elise Denoux, Athletic Director. “The students really took a sense of ownership and pride in the space, so as a coach, I really hope it gives them motivation into next season. Our students have worked for and challenged themselves, year after year, and season after season; I believe now the space is beginning to look like the bright, ‘new’ facility that they deserve.”
Built in 1968, the gym represents more than recreation to the school’s former students, young women from all across San Antonio.
Class of ‘56 alumnae recall the days when they sold raffle tickets to raise funds and build the gym – enjoying P.E. classes outdoors before it was built – while a Class of ‘91 alum warmly remembers celebrating Mass there shortly after losing her grandfather: “To think that was where I played my volleyball games, I could find such gratification and resolution.”
Monica Rosales (’91), a State basketball champion, recently returned to Providence this summer to share with Provet basketball campers some great memories and life lessons she got from the hardwood.
And new paint is just the beginning for this new era in the Providence gym. With the help of donations and community support, bright banners will go up later this summer just prior to the gym’s big debut at the 2011-12 Providence Athletics Pep Rally and Meeting, August 3, 5:30 p.m.
To learn more or to join TEAM Providence in this yearlong campaign, consider making a donation that will top off the funds for a new scoreboard in the gym. Gifts may be made in memory of a coach, fellow teammate or even a fan. (Checks payable to Providence Catholic School with a note for TEAM Providence, and mailed to 1215 N. St. Mary’s St., San Antonio, TX 78215.)
About Providence Catholic
Providence Catholic School is a Catholic college preparatory institution for young women (in grades 6-12), sponsored by the Congregation of Divine Providence, and provides a program of academic excellence grounded in faith and trust in a Provident God. Providence prepares young women of diverse backgrounds for the world of tomorrow and encourages them to develop intellectual curiosity, deepen their faith, practice integrity and seek justice.
The Congregation of Divine Providence, which has been educating Texans since 1868, established Providence High School in 1951 to educate young women in San Antonio. For more than half a century, Providence has delivered excellence in education integrating these core values: