MY DEAL WITH THE BIG COACH (375).

THE NEXT SEVERAL BLOGS  RELATE TO MY EFFORTS TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE RENOVATION OF THE GYMNASIUM AT ATLANTIC CHRISTIAN COLLEGE/NOW BARTON COLLEGE (MY ALMA MATER).

September 16, 2019

 

Dear Friends,

 

Since 1966, Wilson Gymnasium has served our student-athletes, athletic teams, and the campus and community faithfully by providing a central hub for competitiveness, learning, engagement, and fellowship. 

 

It is home to the 2007 NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Champions, 2017 and 2018 Conference Carolinas Women’s Volleyball back to back champions, and has recently welcomed Harvard and Princeton to face-off against our nationally ranked Men’s Volleyball team. Through the years, Wilson Gym has also served as a community hub for the cultural arts. Events such as Barton College’s annual Love the Symphony call it home, and it has even attracted performances from musical greats with the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Ray Charles, and KC and the Sunshine Band taking center stage. 

 

From championship play to symphonic performances, the gymnasium has provided the background for some of the most memorable moments for both Barton College and the Wilson community. To keep up with growth, demand and continual use, the College began renovations to the facility in May. The transformation will provide coaches and student-athletes with the resources and facilities to support championship play by upgrading to a bio-cushion floor with new floor graphics, updating the sound system, installing retractable bench-back seating, adding new paint and interior enhancements, purchasing a new scoreboard and creating a higher quality fan experience through the addition of a new HVAC system. 

 

Fellow Bulldogs, I have agreed to support this major reconstruction personally, as well as volunteering to identify people from the years 1960 – 1985 who I hope may have a similar desire to lend help to the College and the project. Now is the moment to participate. Thanks so much for your time and consideration. 

 

Go Bulldogs! 

 

Tom Parham

Class of 1963

 

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