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New basketball goals installed at Phil Gainer Community Center

The Inter-Mountain photo by Edgar Kelley Elkins Parks and Recreation Director Tom Tesar screws a rim into a backboard as EPRC Assistant Director Jake Gooden, left, and Phil Gainer Community Center Manager Chris Lee look on Tuesday at the facility.

ELKINS — Elkins Parks and Recreation officials along with Phil Gainer Community Center Manager Chris Lee installed four new wall-mounted basketball goals at the center on Tuesday.

The purchase of the goals was made possible by a $5,000 grant from the Snowshoe Foundation. The center, which applied for the grant last fall and was awarded the money for the hoops, used matching funds from the PGCC budget to complete the purchase.

“The backboards look awesome,” Lee told The Inter-Mountain. “The new goal systems are all mounted, height adjustable and include professional break-away rims. We’ve installed the new goals so that they can be utilized as shooting stations while the full court is being used. Or we can use the new goals to run two full courts side-by-side, perpendicular to the older court.”

Lee said the center is not finished with making upgrades to it’s already impressive facility it has for basketball. The center is currently fundraising to install a synthetic gym floor that will be lined to accommodate the new equipment. Backboard pads and wall pads will also be installed to complete the project.

“Our goal with this project was to enhance the PGCC as a basketball training facility so that it can better serve the community, especially our local youth,” Lee said. “Installing goals that are easily height adjustable means we can cater to all ages.”

Before the new goals arrived, the facility had just once basketball court with a 10-foot rim.

“Now in addition to our existing court, we have four shooting stations that can be adjusted down to eight feet for younger players,” Lee explained. “This allows groups playing pick-up games the option of utilizing the shooting stations without interfering with the play on the court. This also allows youth basketball organizations who rent out the facility the option to fit more practices in at the same time.”

Lee said he can’t thank the Snowshoe Foundation enough for their support for the project.

“The Snowshoe Foundation does such an incredible job supporting so many great projects and I am incredibly thankful that they not only chose this project to support, but that they could see the value this project would have within our community,” Lee said. “We are lucky to have the Snowshoe Foundation and it’s committed Board of Directors striving so diligently to improve the quality of life for folks in the region.”

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