December 28, 2015 - 5:45 pm
THOMASVILLE, Ga. -- Students at Thomasville High School are breaking in their brand new gym with the annual “Hoop Fest” -- a holiday basketball tournament. Thomasville City Schools told Eyewitness News the gyms has been in the plans for more than a year now. The project cost the city $4 million of SPLOST money. It seats 800 more people than the old one. The school board said they’re excited to give something new to the students and the community.
“They can’t see the improved HVAC system or other upgrades that we might do to the physical structures. This along with the other buildings that we've built and renovated over the years, certainly is a very tangible, very visible reminder of how those dollars have been put to work," said Sabrina Boykins Everett, Superintendent of Schools.
Everett said one of the best things about the new gym is the seniors will be able to invite more family and friends to see them walk across the stage, when they host the first graduation in the new facility this spring.
The basketball tournament runs through Wednesday. All week long there will be basketball games and events for students and parents to attend during the tournament.
In addition to basketball the Morehouse School of Medicine is also continuing their push to reduce the pregnancy rate among teenagers in South Georgia. The school has a grant to partner with Thomasville city schools. All programs are free of charge. Parents and students wanting more information about how to enroll in the program can find Morehouse’s table in the lobby of the new school gym.
What’s basketball without some tunes? DJ “Lil Boy” of Blazing 102.3 in Tallahassee is doing music for this year’s Hoop Fest. Monday those who came out to the games also had the chance to hear from a group originally from New Orleans. They were displaced after hurricane Katrina nearly wiped out the city 10 years ago. The group “Jacobs Latter” said that’s where a lot of their inspiration comes from. They performed along with some others all leading up to a talent show later this week.