St. Vincent College's outdoor basketball court fills longtime request
St. Vincent College students have a new outdoor recreational option, thanks to the Student Government Association's most recent capital project.
Between the end of the Pittsburgh Steelers' annual training camp at the college and early September, construction crews installed an outdoor basketball court near St. Benedict Hall. A fence and lighting for the court were added in October.
SGA President Justin Teets said the only outdoor basketball court on campus was a popular addition from the moment it was ready for use.
“There have been students that have expressed interest in an outdoor basketball court since my freshman year,” Teets said. “It was my goal to make sure that at the end of my four years here, there was a court here for future classes.”
The project cost the SGA about $35,000, according to Teets' estimate.
“In April of 2014, I brought it to the cabinet that we should do a basketball court/dek hockey court with our money budgeted for a capital project,” Teets said. “They approved, and our engineer, Bob Clouse, and our facilities director, Larry Hendrick, proceeded to get quotes from the area. After that was done, I signed off on the amount, and things got rolling.”
St. Vincent Director of Public Relations Don Orlando said the SGA makes annual improvements to the campus through its capital project program.
“It's something the students have asked about for years, and the Student Government (Association) decided to do it as their capital project this year as their contribution to the college,” Orlando said. “It's really a gift by the students to St. Vincent.”
SGA capital projects vary widely from year to year in size and scope, Orlando said.
“The student government has a pretty nice budget because every student contributes a fee that's assessed to every student,” he said. “The government has a lot of latitude in how they spend it. They do social events and all kinds of different things. They fund clubs and organizations. Some years they do bigger capital projects than others.”
The outdoor court gives students a space for leisurely athletic competition when the weather is nice or the main gymnasiums are crowded, Teets said, and the court could be used for intramural sports.
“We are excited for the student body to have an area on campus that they can use all the time, day or night,” Teets said. “... While the weather is still cooperating, we are going to get as much use out of it as possible.”
Greg Reinbold is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-459-6100, ext. 2913, or firstname.lastname@example.org.