$50,000 donated for Norwalk Truckers sports complex

10,000-plus square-foot building will be located north of the existing high school.
Scott Seitz2
Nov 9, 2013

 

The grass roots project conducted by the Norwalk Boosters to construct the Norwalk Truckers All-Sports Complex has received a big boost from the Geotrac Foundation.

"The boosters want to thank the Geotrac Foundation for their $50,000 grant. This becomes the third large gift for the project and puts the construction on schedule for a spring starting date. The goal for the project is $750,000 and is divided into the actual building construction ($450,000), with inside finishing at $300,000," said Joe Widman, chairman of the sports complex committee.

The new 10,000-plus square-foot building will be located north of the existing high school. The area will include a weight-lifting area, plyometric area, two restrooms, a meeting area and a small coaches' room.

A story about the donation and complex was published in Friday's Norwalk Reflector.

 

Comments

WASP71

$50,000 won't be needed because everyone said they will be cutting sports out since the levy failed. Oh- bet they find the money after all.....

Whopper2013

I am sure they will just cut music, art, and drama-because the world would end if they ever cut anything to do with Athletics. Better to be able to throw a ball than show any individualism or creativity. BULLS***!!!!!!

smalltown_lotso...

Compex? Really? Proofread!

44846GWP

Compex! lol!!

former local

Amazing how no one steps up to donate to help music, art and drama programs!

sport24728

I would recommend you drive by Norwalk High School sometime this week and look at the facilities, because that large structure located on the west side of the campus, called the Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center, is dedicated to the arts and music. It's a great place to watch a play or a concert, and also contains an art gallery.

TOPGUN01

Tell me What job do you have to know about music,art,drama or how to play ball?

Ehovemom

You learn skills you will need in a work environment. Things like team work and recognizing your strengths and respecting the strengths of others. You learn discipline and that it takes hard work and effort to accomplish anything. You even learn respect for authority (as in your coach or advisor). All useful skills in a work environment as well as in life.

FTFOI

I did not have a problem teaching all 5 of my children that. Why would you leave it up to a part time coach?

If you want them to have an advantage at any of that then talk to your children about joining our outstanding military.

Ehovemom

You learn skills you will need in a work environment. Things like team work and recognizing your strengths and respecting the strengths of others. You learn discipline and that it takes hard work and effort to accomplish anything. You even learn respect for authority (as in your coach or advisor). All useful skills in a work environment as well as in life.

Contango

Re: "All useful skills in a work environment as well as in life."

All of which can undoubtedly be learned without building a new $750K sports complex.

How about a math or science complex instead?

Math and science are skill sets that will be needed by our youth to compete for jobs in an increasing world of globalized commerce.

Having a top knotch math or science center might even prompt business and industry to settle in Norwalk instead of leaving.

Our best and brightest graduates may eventually find employment opportunities here, instead of leaving to find them elsewhere as they do now.

Whoopball

There are millions of jobs in the arts. Think of all the musicians required to give us the music we hear every day, radio, concerts and pubs. Music, like sports teaches discipline, team work and respect. You interact with the work of designers every day. Everything made has to be designed. From the art work on packaging and billboards to the shape of a toaster or automobile, all these things require artistic training. Studying art develops creativity and teaches problem solving. And drama? TV is a mega billion dollar industry, throw in movies and theater and you are employing well over one million people. All these activities teach the discipline, social skills and creativity that employers seek. There is a reason colleges are looking for well rounded students. Even though students may not pursue the arts as a career, the skills they learn are invaluable.

Contango

And meanwhile, the THIRD levy for an attempt at funding Norwalk city schools crashes, burns and dies.

IMO, priorities appear outa whack.

U.S. students probably rank high on the world lists for athletic ability; not so much for readin', writin' & 'rithmatic.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/20...

Warped

Are there any "tax dollars" being used in this project?? Honest question here because I don't know

Contango

Re: "Are there any "tax dollars" being used in this project??"

Most likely "indirectly" as a corp. income tax deduction.

An ancillary question:

How will ongoing operation and maintenance expenses be funded if and when the building of the complex is completed?

Cliff Cannon

@ Contango : Point well made. Obviously, future maintenance cost's of this finished dream will most certainly be borne by we, the taxpayers of Norwalk in some fashion.


To which I say " great " after all great things, come from great dreams and I for one,can think of few better dreams for our town than turning N.H.S. and as such, all our children into athletic winners through better training.


For few things attract folks quite as well as 'winners',do they ?

So here's hoping St.Paul ( which proves my point about winners attracting folks ) continues their winning ways forever.


And now, that Norwalk's Truckers are on such a fabulous roll. Here's rooting for these driven dreamers with their winning vision. To accomplish, their goal of this new complex, which will keep this winning going.


Because after all winning is contagious. Best of all winning is best learned young and few places are better to learn winning than team sports, agreed ?


Of course,your going to counter the debate by pointing out the
undeniable, obvious advantages of focusing on science, math and reading since they are, THE keys to open the doors of the dreamer. So I'll give you that one.


Still, I think this new complex, will be worth the future costs that this taxpayer will pay. For if nothing else winning will attract& keep the " best and the brightest " that you so often worry about leaving Norwalk . Because, after all who doesn't like winner ?


P.S. Now think about how many student/athletes who just might give up on school, will train to be a part of winning team here. Makes you want to start building tomorrow, doesn't it ?

Contango

Re: "For if nothing else winning will attract& keep the " best and the brightest"

@ CC:

And after a stellar secondary athletic performance, where are they gonna go for high quality, good paying jobs? Elsewhere.

With all due respect: Reads 'somewhat' like the former mayor's pronouncement that building parks will bring industry.

"If you build it they will come" was a catchy phrase emanating from a disembodied voice in a fantasy movie.

In REALITY by listening to it, the character would have went bankrupt while exhibiting signs of schizophrenia.

Cliff Cannon

@ Contango: Dang the luck. Couldn't visit the " Field of Dreams " site in Dyersville,Iowa as it is on a county road and you know they don't like trucks.


And yes,in reality the character would've gone bankrupt. Still,there is something in us,that makes us all want to chase a dream,agreed ?


So here's hoping this dream comes to pass. As I do believe it will help kids keep their nose's clean by giving them something to do,it will help build their team skills by making them a part of something bigger than them and it will tie them forever to their home as they will tell people wherever they may move about the winning hometown they come from.


Then ,who knows, one of them or ten of them or.... Just might become leaders with a vision for repaying and rebuilding their hometown. Do I sound like a field of dreams type person ? Hope so.


Great day to you

Contango

Re: "Just might become leaders with a vision for repaying and rebuilding their hometown."

IMO, sclerotic thinking is far too prevalent for any new "radical" ideas to succeed.

Also, reminds me of another movie line: “No bucks, no Buck Rogers.”

IMO, three defeated school funding levies shout volumes.

Where’s the following, other than collecting dust somewhere?

http://www.egovlink.com/public_d...

Cliff Cannon

@ Contango : No doubt 3 defeated school levy tries 'shouts volumes' and if this complex were to be school funded, I seriously doubt if any one would try to make it fly.


The cost of the building is ---THE best part---- nearly zero to the taxpayer. So what do you project the tax payers cost for maintaince & utility's at ?
I'd guess about $ 600 a month which I believe amounts to chicken food for a complex such as this one.


Bottom line my friend as we all know is this: How do we give the best ,most well rounded education available for our children,all the while being able to afford that education ?


So I for one--- applaud, while standing-- the effort by this committee to make this complex happen. Here's hoping they succeed.

Contango

Re: "How do we give the best ,most well rounded education available for our children,all the while being able to afford that education ?"

That's the SEVERAL MILLION DOLLAR question isn't it?

Back to my original question:

$750K for a new sports complex meanwhile three funding levies in order to support that "well rounded education" fail?

Expenses of an ADDITIONAL $7.2K per annum (to use your figure) and the school system is being required to cut spending????

Priorities appear outa whack.

Cliff Cannon

" Perfection exists only in theory, never reality " Plato

Contango : Certainly many priorities are out of whack in todays crazy mixed up world. Yet,where would we start to get them in order ? ( Personally, I'd like to clean out D.C. and go from there,but...)


So a basically free to the school system training complex, that will keep kids off the street at the same time it allows them to be a part of something bigger than themselves. Seems like a very good thing for all of us.


As I have publically written many times before I believe EVERY public employee should have their wages and benefits cut. With the extra money going to hire more cops.( As sadly, I believe their is a 'day' in our future, where we will need them---badly)


Further, since consolidation is THE wave of local governments future. I say hop on board now and consolidate as many government functions as possible. So there are certainly many ways out there to save money, with out hurting children's education.


If I could wave a magic wand over America's educational system. I would implement a German style system. Where the kids are tested circa 5th. grade then sent to one of three school's that best fit their talents. All sports,of course, are only played at 'clubs' which the parents enroll their children in.


Obviously, that is pie in sky talk here in America. So I say,once again 'good luck ' to the dreamers who seek to build this complex that will immeasurably help our children.


P.S. Been along time since,I've had this much fun with you. ( I had wondered if you had set sail for East Texas )

Contango

Re: "a basically free to the school system training complex, that will keep kids off the street at the same time,"

I was never a big sports nut.

I often “hung out” at the Norwalk Library (or Bob's Newsstand) with a couple of my buddies who also joined the Diaspora.

Unfortunately, the library has had to cut back hours due to funding deficiencies. I continue to donate to them – priorities.

Cliff Cannon

" Blessed are the cracked for they let the light in "
Eccentric motto

Contango : At furniture way back when, we of course, had an employee's suggestion box. At the time we were stilling writhing from the ---mistake of my time there---- taking away 'piece rate " pay.


So, in an effort to improve morale, despite knowing it would look like an attempt to get yours truly promoted. I submitted the suggestion, that every eccentric in the plant be identified, then promoted.


Point being, is that because eccentrics are so different from others, they are going to command attention, then because they are natural leaders gain, for better or worse--followers. So why not have them on your team ?


We were supposed to hear back right away on the merits of one's proposal. I did not. A week later or so, I saw Jim Gerken, who as company President at the time over saw,this program in his cousin Bob's office.


Jim looked straight at me and said " We've identified one eccentric and you ain't going nowhere " Realizing, he missed the point completely, I felt sorry for him.


What I am saying fellow eccentric,is I get your point on the library, for it is in that great temple of knowledge, tomorrows leaders will certainly be raised.Further, I point to my own desire to implement a German style educational system here in America as another example of --eccentric thinking.


Point being is that eccentric type thinking is what will carry the day,even if it's not today. So please never tire of attempting to let the light in.( Unless it's about our new training complex :) Because one never knows. when an idea will stick,do they ?


P.S. I think your more of a sports nut that you admit. You were buddy's with Bill Magnuson, who was certainly one of the greats of our time. Then, I'll add I met you just once at a bonfire with my late brother in law who was your buddy. So who did I see holding court that night ? Little ol' eccentric you and the jocks just loved you doing it,didn't they ?

Contango

Re: "Then, I'll add I met you just once at a bonfire with my late brother in law,"

Not possible. I was friends with him when he was in early to middle elementary school.

Eventually lost touch with him.

Good story.

Eccentric? Believe in yourself, 'cause Lord knows most don't or won't.

FTFOI

St. Pauls also did not remove religion from the school. Hmm. What a value to learn. Maybe Public schools should not have removed respect and value.

I mean this in a respectful manner.

Cliff Cannon

@ FTFOI : Amen

BrendanandBryce

Thank You Geotrac!!! This funding will be put to good use as the facilities need improved and updated.... I went to St. Paul and remember selling Geotrac advertisements in the yearbook. My guess is, based on these 2 limited examples, that they and many other local companies have and continue to support many programs at each of the schools. Sports play an important role in many kids lives... Think about kids that dont have fathers in their lives, coaches fill some of those voids by providing structure and discipline from a male authority. That doesnt mean arts, drama, music, math, and science are any less important. Funding and support for all these programs is needed, and maybe Geotracs generosity will be noticed and matched by another local company or individual.

FTFOI

F.Y.I. Music and art teach creativity, They also teach all involved on how to pay attention to detail. It is equal to learning teamwork.
All our children are different. Having both arts and sports are equally important.

FTFOI

The new complex sounds great.
I know we have already made cuts to our music and arts department to trim the budget. For the coming years. So this leads me to ask, What are we going to trim in order to pay for additional electric, water, building maint, landscape, snow removal. These expenses will keep coming and going up.
So I ask again. What will we be cutting in the budget in the future.
I see my wife and I leaving by 2016 and with the loss of most of our industry so will many others. Is this really a good idea right know?

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