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Ironton Catholic schools look to build basketball facility

The proposed basketball court and other areas in the Parish Life Cengter of the Ironton Catholic Community.

The proposed basketball court and other areas in the Parish Life Cengter of the Ironton Catholic Community.

Jim Walker
jim.walker@irontontribune.com

In the movie “Field of Dreams,” Ray Kinsella heard the voice say, “If you built it, he will come.”
If there was a sequel to that movie it could be “Court of Dreams” and the voice would say, “If you donate, they will built it.”
St. Joseph High School and St. Lawrence Elementary schools have long played without a basketball facility they could call home. St. Joseph plays its boys’ games in the Ironton High School auxiliary gym and the girls play in the antiquated high school gym.
But a current fundraising project is determined to change that situation.
The Catholic community of Ironton is currently collecting donations for a Parish Life Center that will not only provide a basketball court for the schools’ teams but also provide other facilities as well.
After a two-year study, the churches decided to initiate the $3.5 million project to build a structure on the corner of Quincy Street between 4th and 5th streets.
A large amount of money has been collected and pledged but the project still needs additional funds before breaking ground on the project.
Any church member, alumnus or interested persons are asked to help support the project.
For further information, contact Fr. David Huffman or Fr. Matthew Gossett at (749) 532-0712 or visit the parish offices at 905 South Fifth St.