Big improvements are on the way to the Hillsdale football lockerroom! Last season, a wall was removed, doubling the size of the facility by expanding into the old women's lockerroom. Since then, a mondo surface has replaced the carpet and ceiling tiles have been removed to "open up" the room for increase airflow. Equipment and laundry needs were also addressed by the installation on new doors.
"The changes we made last year have already made a big difference," Head Coach Keith Otterbein noted. "But, when this is all done, it is going to be one of the best facilities at this level and as good as many places at the (division 1) level. I spend a lot time watching interviews with NFL players and looking at what type of set-ups they have."
Plans to further open up the room for more of a team atmosphere, relocate toilets and showers, and install 99 top of the line wood finished lockers are moving forward and should be completed by August.
A Locker Sponsorship Program has been inititiated to offset the costs of the project as well as help to perpetuate the tradition and history of the 113 years of Charger football! All Charger football alumni are encouraged to take a place of honor in the new lockerroom by sponsoring a locker through a gift of $1000. Sponsorship includes a plaque displaying the Alum's name, position played, and years of participation on the locker currently occupied by the player with the same number. A miniature locker will be provided in recognition of participation. Involvement in this project also entitles parcipants to membership in the Gridiron Club.
Completion of the project will greatly improve the functionality of the football lockerroom and will be a very positive improvement to show potential student-athletes during the recruitment process.