Worcester, MA- Notre Dame Academy recently received an $85,000 grant from the de Coizart trust. The Sarah K. de Coizart Article TENTH Perpetual Charitable Trust was established in 1992 upon the death of Mrs. de Coizart.
The money from this grant will be used to fund Phase Two of the recent Athletic Center renovations. Last summer, with initial funds raised, Phase One was completed. Phase One included a face lift including a complete paint job of the gymnasium, and the installation of new bleachers. The brand-new, ADA compliant telescoping bleachers, feature 6 tiers, 2 aisles, a media stand, and a 296 seat capacity. The grant, which was specifically requested for Phase Two renovations, will fund the schools brand new state-of-the-art strength and conditioning room. The strength and conditioning center will provide students sports-specific conditioning programs that increase performance and reduce the chance of injury. The room will be open to students and faculty before, during, and after school hours and eventually throughout the summer break to promote and encourage wellness.
“Health, wellness, and athletics are an important part of NDA’s commitment to educating the whole person,” said Elizabeth Murphy, Director of Development. “Through physical education and athletics, strong leadership skills are built, and the students’ self-esteem is nurtured and developed – a core component in educating adolescent girls.”
“This grant gives NDA a tremendous opportunity to take a giant step forward in our approach to helping young women reach their full personal potential,” said Patricia Provost Athletic Director. “The reality of a strength and conditioning routine can define a lifetime of benefits.”
"Providing a strength and conditioning facility reflects yet another dimension of the school's commitment to its students to 'teach them what they need to know for life,' said board member and graduate Maria Argento Perkins. “The new center complements and expands the outstanding program that Athletic Director Patricia Provost has developed to support students of diverse interests and abilities."
Notre Dame Academy is still raising funds through their Play Like A Girl campaign to renovate and refinish the gymnasium floor. To learn more about Play Like A Girl visit https://www.nda-worc.org/giving/playlikeagirl.
Renderings provided by: Ai3 Architects, James Jordan