Athletics Celebrates Opening of Modernized Gym, New Fitness Center

Fitness Center Grand Opening

Atlantic Cape’s Athletics area and its Buccaneer sports teams unveiled and celebrated their renovated facilities with an event for the campus community in April. Held in the gymnasium at the Mays Landing Campus, the event featured a “Healthy Fitness” theme.

Guests took part in a ribbon cutting and tour of the facilities, including renovated locker rooms, a modernized gymnasium and the recently constructed 800-square-foot fitness center. Open to members of the College community, the Atlantic Cape Fitness Center houses treadmills, weight machines, elliptical machines, flat screen televisions and more.

The event included remarks by College officials, including Dr. Mora, President; Carmen Royal, Dean of Students; Mike Rennick, Senior Athletic and Fitness Manager; Cynthia Correa, Assistant Director of Student Development; and Helen Walsh, Trustee. Atlantic County officials Howard Kyle, Chief of Staff, and Alisa Cooper, Freeholder, also spoke at the event.

“The fitness center now allows Atlantic Cape’s students to make their bodies strong as well as their minds,” Freeholder Alisa Cooper said.

Additional remarks were made by Student Government Association President Roger Bounthisane of Egg Harbor Township, and incoming President Wanda Lugo of Atlantic City.

“Student athletes can work out more effectively, and non-student athletes have a way to stay healthy,” Lugo said.

College Expands Athletics Programs

The upgraded and expanded facilities support Dr. Mora’s goal of expanding the College’s intercollegiate athletics program. In the last three years, Atlantic Cape has gone from two intercollegiate sports--co-ed archery and men’s basketball--to five with the addition of men’s soccer, women’s basketball and women’s softball. The expansion is planned to number eight, with women’s volleyball debuting in Fall 2010 and men’s baseball in Spring 2011. A co-ed golf team will round out the offerings when it begins as a club sport in Spring 2011. The team will be based at the Mays Landing Golf and Country Club.

“It is very important to note that our commitment to expanding sports and fitness programs is based on providing opportunities for student engagement with the College outside of class,” Dr. Mora said. “The literature in higher education strongly indicates that increased opportunity for student engagement, as provided by sports and fitness programs along with other types of activities, will contribute to higher levels of student retention and graduation. Support for sports and fitness programs is an investment in student success.”

The grand opening celebration offered healthy snacks to visitors, and healthy giveaways such as bottled water, energy bars and water bottles. The event also featured informational displays and free blood pressure checks from Health Professions Institute students.