Grace Baptist looks forward to new training facility

Grace Baptist Academy breaks ground on its new athletic facility. From left are architect Steve Carroll, general contractor Don Ocsai, senior pastor Dr. Benjamin Graham, Headmaster Matt Pollock, Steering Committee Chairman Tom Smith, Director of Advancement Les Compton and Grace School Board Chairman Tom Crum. (Contributed photo)

Amid the starting sounds of the Golden Eagle's homecoming football game, Grace Baptist Academy broke ground on a brand-new athletic training facility to be used by students, church members and, of course, the Golden Eagle sports teams.

"This will be a fitness center that will be a necessity for the school and an opportunity for the church," said Director of Advancement Les Compton. "All the students, regardless if they are athlete or non-athlete, all the teams, and members of the church will be able use it."

Since 1985, the academy has grown to nearly 600 students, and its Division II athletic program had outgrown the old training facilities. Left with high-quality equipment and nowhere to put it for the more than 45 athletic teams in grades 4-12, Grace Baptist began a transition plan more than a decade ago to build new athletic facilities.