By Lee Evancho
October 16, 2023
Calhoun County Journal
Oxford, AL – The Oxford City Schools community is still buzzing with excitement after this past Sunday’s unveiling of the state-of-the-art Oxford High School Champions Athletic Center. The grand dedication of this extraordinary facility, covering a sprawling 63,000 square feet, is a testament to Oxford’s commitment to excellence in athletics and student wellness. This monumental event was open to the public, inviting everyone to join in the celebration.
The Oxford High School Champions Athletic Center is poised to redefine the standard for athletic and wellness programs in Oxford City Schools. This cutting-edge facility features a range of amenities and resources aimed at enhancing the athletic and wellness experience for all students. Indoor practice areas, sports medicine facilities, modern locker rooms, a comprehensive weight room, state-of-the-art training facilities, multipurpose spaces, well-appointed offices, and meeting areas are all part of this remarkable facility.
The day was packed with festivities, showcasing a shared sense of pride and offering a glimpse into the future of sports and wellness in Oxford. The schedule of events for the dedication ceremony was as follows:
– 2:45 PM: Doors opened to the public, allowing attendees to explore and immerse themselves in the breathtaking Champions Athletic Center. – 3:00 PM: A special recognition ceremony took place on the indoor practice field. Distinguished honorees were celebrated for their invaluable contributions to the Oxford community. – 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM: Following the ceremony, guided public tours of the Champions Athletic Center were available. Attendees had the opportunity to witness firsthand the cutting-edge amenities and innovative spaces designed to nurture and support the next generation of athletes and wellness enthusiasts.
This event was not only a celebration of the Champions Athletic Center but also a chance to honor individuals who have left an indelible mark on the Oxford community. The honorees included:
– Bill Burgess: A beloved figure known for his unwavering support of Oxford’s youth sports programs. – Robert Herring: A dedicated community leader who has tirelessly worked to advance the quality of life in Oxford. – Dr. James H. Lett: A prominent figure in the local medical community, known for his commitment to the well-being of athletes. – Jack Grizzard: A respected coach whose passion for sports and mentorship has inspired generations.
These remarkable individuals were celebrated for their significant contributions to the Oxford community, and their impact will be felt for generations to come.
The dedication event was beautifully captured through a stunning picture slideshow, with images courtesy of TV24. It was a day filled with pride, excitement, and a sense of unity as the Oxford community came together to celebrate a remarkable achievement and the bright future that lies ahead for their students and athletes.