Manchester Road Race Provides Goodwin College with $5,000 Athletics Grant
Goodwin College will soon have a brand new outdoor beach volleyball court following a generous $5,000 grant from the Manchester Road Race.
The grant will provide space for Goodwin to create an intramural volleyball team and enhance recreation opportunities for its students. Additionally, students at the two magnet high schools built on the River Campus will have access to the court for physical education purposes.
“Through the amazing work of our Grants department, we were recently selected as the recipient of a $5000 ‘Athletics Stimulant’ grant from the Manchester Road Race committee,” said Eric Emet, Goodwin College’s Direct of Student Retention, Recreation, and Club Athletics. “We will begin planning for construction of the beach volleyball course on campus.”
Dr. Tris Carta, the president of the Manchester Road Race, said the organization was pleased to grant the funds to Goodwin.
“We are very much behind sports in the Manchester area. Goodwin College has some great students and we believe that they should have ways to express themselves athletically,” Carta said.
The funding will also go toward uniforms and equipment for Goodwin’s growing network of club and intramural sports. The Navigators field competitive indoor soccer and basketball teams, playing against area colleges and in local leagues; they are looking to double student involvement in athletics.
“It goes beyond just the volleyball court,” Emet said. “With these funds, we’ll be able to provide students with a plethora of options for club athletics and intramurals.”
Goodwin is still in the early stages of developing its athletics program. Until gymnasium facilities are completed in 2014 at the Connecticut River Academy and the Pathways Academy of Technology and Design, Goodwin will continue to practice athletics at facilities provided free-of-charge through organizations like the East Hartford Parks and Recreation Department and Pratt & Whitney.
Goodwin has played and practiced softball at Hockanum Elementary School, with the Town of East Hartford lining the field and maintaining the site. The Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Club on Clement Road has provided a place for the Navigators to play basketball, including hosting an intercollegiate tournament.
The Manchester Road Race has become a Connecticut tradition, run every Thanksgiving Day. The 4.748-mile race draws thousands of runners and spectators to Manchester, in the process raising money for charitable causes.
Goodwin College is one of more than 20 organizations to receive funding through proceeds from 2012 Manchester Road Race, which Carta called a “bumper year” for charity fundraising. In all, the Manchester Road Race provided more than $122,000 to local causes.