Thanks to a number of generous community donations, Peninsula College has a new gym floor that will see its first games this Saturday.
College officials will dedicate the floor during halftime of Saturday's 4:00 pm men's basketball game, to be live streamed on NWACSportsNetwork.
The floor, installed by Northern Hardwood of Deer Park, WA, was laid on top of the original floor that was installed in 1966. That original Pirate floor was failing and deemed no longer safe for play.
"We have a lot of people on that floor every year, from 5-year-olds at basketball camp to 80-year-olds playing noon hoops," said Associate Dean for Athletics and Student Life Rick Ross. "That old floor held up for a long time, and was part of many memories, but it was overdue to be replaced."
State of Washington policies prohibit using College funding for major athletic improvements, so a community campaign was launched, under the leadership of co-chairs Bruce Swenson and Tim Tucker, and the community answered.
Donations from First Federal, 7 Cedars Resort Properties, Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe, Peninsula Bottling Co., Wilder Auto & RV, and Bedford's Craft Soda, along with private donations from Peninsula College President Dr. Luke and Mary Jane Robins and PC Board member Dr. Michael and Barbara Maxwell, provided the approximately $200,000 needed for the project to be completed last spring.
“We’re excited to have our first game on the new floor, and want to thank all of our generous community donors for making this possible,” Robins said.
"I am constantly humbled by how many people in this community value what we're doing here at Peninsula," Ross said. "This group of Pirate boosters and community corporate leaders stepped up at a time when a global pandemic was emerging and they made our new floor a reality."
The project is similar to the floors recently installed by Northern Hardwood for the University of Washington and Washington State University, Ross said, and added that the project was made more special with Assistant Athletic Director Jeremiah Johnson's graphic of a pirate ship at center court.
"A layer of rubber between the boards on the new floor will provide a nice cushion for knees and backs," Ross added. "It's really going to be enjoyed by children, teens and adults in our community for hopefully another 50 years."