Austinites Play in the Heat to Replace Marbridge's "Old Green Gym"
On Saturday, June 23, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament will be held in the "Old Green Gym" at the Marbridge community to help raise awareness of the need for a new gym facility.
The tournament will be played in the gym by teams made up of members of local companies, the Austin police and fire departments, and Marbridge residents.
The organizers of the event hope to raise awareness of the poor conditions in the gym through playing an elimination style tournament in the un-air conditioned gym.
Organizers of the event hope to raise awareness of the poor conditions in the gym through playing an elimination style tournament in the un-air conditioned gym. The teams will be made up of two local business or fire or police department members and one player from the Marbridge Special Olympics basketball team. The tournament will run from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The idea for the tournament was formed by a fund-raising committee composed of business people, educators and professionals that plans to build Victory Hall Athletic & Event Center on the campus to replace the Old Green Gym. The planned 18,000-square foot facility will provide a full-court basketball arena and a stage for performances by visiting entertainers, as well as performances by the Marbridge resident choirs and drama groups. Victory Hall will also include classrooms, staff offices and the Mike Parsons Wellness Center, made possible by donations from Carino’s Restaurants and the Parson’s friends and family.
Plans for the facility include making it available for a wide range of uses by the Austin special needs community and other community groups.To date, the committee has raised $775,000 toward a $2.5 million goal. The tournament is the final thrustin an effort to reach $900,000 by July 1 in order to qualify for a challenge grant of $100,000, which would provide enough money to begin the site planning studies needed to get construction underway. Those who wish to support the effort to build Victory Hall Athletic & Event Center may mail donations to Marbridge Foundation, P.O. Box 2250, Manchaca, TX 78652, or donate online www.marbridge.org/donate/secure-online-giving.