The Waxahachie Family YMCA will soon boast a gymnasium worthy of hosting a Dallas Mavericks’ practice session. The local YMCA has been announced as a Dallas Mavericks Foundation grant recipient – with the result being the gymnasium will undergo a total renovation. 

Although the work will see the quite busy gymnasium out of commission from about Aug. 19-Oct. 3 due to the amount of work being done, the wait will be well worth it, YMCA district executive director Jon McLaughlin told the Sun. 

“This is exciting,” he said. “We’re blessed and extremely thankful they’ve chosen our facility and partnered with us. ”

Awarding from two to three grants a year toward court upgrades, the Waxahachie YMCA project may be the largest ever undertaken by the foundation, McLaughlin said, noting it’s also its first project in Ellis County and the farthest one to the south with the exception of an outdoor court that was done for the community of West in McLennan County.

The project also represents the first major work done on the Waxahachie YMCA gymnasium, which was built in 1992 and still has its original flooring. 

“This is a complete replacement,” McLaughlin said. “They’ll be tearing out and replacing the floor. It’ll be a brand new floor.” 

In consultation with the foundation, the decision was made to replace the current poured rubber floor with an all-sports surface that will consist of tiles but have a wooden-floor appearance. This new generation of sports flooring offers durability as well as ease of replacement of any individual tiles that might become damaged. The life expectancy of the new surface is in excess of 20 years.

Along with the new flooring, the foundation also will repaint the gymnasium in the Dallas Mavericks’ team colors, with the court boasting the foundation’s logo in its center. The basketball goals and stanchions will be replaced, as well.

“It’ll look just like a Dallas Mavericks practice facility,” said McLaughlin, who can’t wait to see the smiles of children playing on the court as they envision they’re NBA stars. “We hope to create that level of excitement.”

The YMCA also is putting in to the project and will be replacing all of the gymnasium’s lights with LED ones that will be provide not only better lighting but also be more efficient energy-wise. 

“And there are also some other extras we’re looking at doing that we’ll be announcing,” McLaughlin said, noting that the combined monies put the project in the $150,000-plus range.

“We hope that this leads to bigger things,” he said. “We want this to spearhead our getting into other things we want to do here at the Waxahachie YMCA.”

Once the work is complete, a grand opening will be scheduled with the foundation that will include a youth basketball clinic and ribbon cutting, along with several Dallas Mavericks anticipated to be on hand. Details will be announced closer to the event, McLaughlin said.

After the grand opening, the first major event lined up for the newly redone gymnasium will be an adult co-ed dodgeball tournament slated for Nov. 2. The tournament will serve as a fundraiser and is aptly named, “Dodge for a Cause.”

For more information about the Waxahachie Family YMCA, visit online at https://www.ymcadallas.org/locations/waxahachie. On Facebook, search for Waxahachie Family YMCA.

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