The new multi-purpose athletic facility located behind Coffee County Middle School is near completion. But money is short.
CMS athletic director Kyle Harris is pleading with the community to help get the facility completed, saying funds are approximately $30,000 short to finish.
“We will take materials or monetary donations,” explained Harris. “We are at the point now where we are $30,000 short to finish these locker rooms. We need lights, vents, urinals, toilets, sinks, faucets, stuff like that. Donations can be materials or monetary. So if someone is finishing a house and has extra electrical boxes lying around, bring them by and we can use them.”
According to Harris, about $200,000 has been raised and donated by the community to this point to get the building near completion. Harris explained that all of those funds have been donated, without any school money or county budget money going toward the building.
“If we had the $30,000, we would be done in a couple of weeks. We just need the money,” said Harris. “When we first started, people thought $200,000 was too hard to help with. But if the average business owner can contribute $50, $100, even $10, we can get there. We have raised over $200,000 so far, and we have this left.”
The building will be state-of-the-art for a middle school athletic complex. It will feature an open area of 60x75, large enough for the softball team to conduct an entire infield practice indoors. The football team could run plays for up to 20 yards, all indoors. The open area will be covered in artificial turf – something Harris is working on getting donated.
All athletic teams will have access to the building for training and locker rooms with the exception of volleyball and basketball, which already have indoor facilities within the school building.
“We have these locker rooms that are 18x12 for baseball, boys’ soccer, girls’ soccer and softball. And football has a bigger locker room area because of equipment and a larger team size,” said Harris.
Boy’s team locker rooms will be located on one hallway, with girls teams located on another hallway.
Anyone wishing to make a contribution can write a check to the Coffee County Board of Education in care of “CCMS athletic facility.” Material donations can be dropped off at the school. The board of education is located at 1343 McArthur St., Manchester, TN.
For more information, Harris can be reached at 931-723-5177.