Turning a dream into a team room

Turning a dream into a team room photo

A project that started with some ideas to transform a basement storage room into a sports team room came to fruition at Rocky Point High School this winter thanks to several dedicated volunteers. The completed project was unveiled at a special celebration in late February.

More than 25 people attended the ceremony that showcased the clean, state-of-the-art room, complete with a 4K HD projector and video screen for team members to view breakdown videos of their performances, stadium seating and strip lights on the four step-down levels. Framed inspirational quotes and artwork depicting the school’s eagle mascot adorn the walls. 

The brainstorming that put the project into action was spearheaded by Dan Spallina, Rocky Point physical education teacher and girls lacrosse team head coach, who put a simple word out for assistance and was met with enthusiastic parents who worked tirelessly to help create a designated space for collaboration and camaraderie. 

Charles Delargy, the district’s director of health, physical education, intramurals and athletics, presented opening remarks that recognized the volunteers who brought the project to fruition. He was followed by Mr. Spallina, who presented a PowerPoint on the transformation and personally thanked the girls lacrosse players, their parents, and the many teachers, school personnel and administrators who supported the project.

“The room symbolizes so much more than just some steps and four walls,” Mr. Spallina said. “The volunteer work and dedication in this community is second to none.”