The Union Recorder

Local News

October 22, 2012

GMC breaks ground on $17 Million Health and Wellness Center

(Continued)

MILLEDGEVILLE —

When it was constructed almost 50 years ago, the Cordell Center was considered a modern gym. But, as Boylan explained to the crowd gathered for the groundbreaking, the school has grown tremendously over the years, while the state of Georgia now ranks second in the nation in childhood obesity. “Simply put, our once contemporary center is now antiquated,” he said. “We need to step up our game to give our students the fitness support they so desperately need.” 

Nearly 2,000 students in grades six through 12 and the junior college use the existing Cordell Events Center, though it was built in 1964 to serve fewer than 500 students. What was once considered a modern facility is now thoroughly outdated and overcrowded.

With such limited space, junior college students cannot be offered Physical Education classes. GMC is unable to offer any college sports requiring a gym. There is not even space for winter intramural sport. Locker rooms are under-equipped, without private showers and not available for both males and females at the same time, much less visiting teams. 

“The center wasn’t designed for weight-lifting equipment so the apparatus we have has to be placed with almost surgical precision over support beams in the floor,” Boylan said.

By the end of 2013, GMC’s new Health and Wellness Center will house six classrooms for health and wellness instruction, an athletic healthcare and training lab, three separate spaces dedicated to weight and cardio training, an elevated track, staff offices and locker rooms to support all the prep school and junior college students and visiting teams. 

Phase two of the project will include the addition of a 1,800 square-foot convocation center, as well as additional instruction spaces, physical training spaces and offices to support the instruction. 

Beyond the facility itself, GMC is dedicated to the people and programs that will bring wellness to life. As such, they have planned to partner with Oconee Regional Medical Center in a program that will help reduce obesity and obesity-related conditions and improve health and wellness through local programs, technical assistance and training, leadership, surveillance, intervention and development evaluation. They also plan to advance JROTC’s strength and fitness program called Baseline Health Risk Assessments (HRA). HRA also includes nutrition education and training, health fairs and other awareness activities.

Text Only
Local News
  • 07-18 Gymnastics Reunion.jpg Gymnastics team reunion held at Georgia College

    Former members of the Georgia College gymnastics team and alumni gathered together Saturday, July 12 for a reunion.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • GMC names chief operating officer

    Brig. Gen. Curt Rauhut, who will soon retire from the U.S. Army after 30 years of distinguished service, recently joined Georgia Military College as the school's first Chief Operating Officer effective July 17.

    July 23, 2014

  • web break.jpg Full tuition grant for tech students

    Technical colleges throughout the state are anticipating an increase in student enrollment now that a new grant is available that will pay for full tuition.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • web break-1.jpg School uniform drive to help students in need

    Students of the Baldwin County public school system are receiving additional help in acquiring the necessary articles of clothing needed for the upcoming academic school year through a local school uniform drive.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07-23 Main Street Sign.JPG Festival paying homage to Great American Main Street

    The City of Milledgeville will honor recent recognition as a Great American Main Street City with a Hometown Celebration community festival Aug. 15 sponsored by Milledgeville Main Street and the Downtown Development Authority (DDA).

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo 3 Stories

  • web break-1.jpg With GOP runoff over, Perdue and Nunn face off

    Now that Georgia Republicans have settled on businessman David Perdue as their nominee for the state's open Senate seat, the real battle begins with a marquee match-up in the fall against Democrat Michelle Nunn that could help determine control of the chamber.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Morning update NEW.jpg Morning Update, Wednesday, July 23

    Good morning. Here’s a look at what’s happening today.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Election 2014 WEB.jpg Runoff election results

    The races for November’s general election ballot took shape Tuesday as voters turned out to decide primary runoff winners.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • web break-1.jpg UPDATE: Child dies in apparent drowning

    Law enforcement officials are investigating the Friday evening death of a toddler at a local residence.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC09750.JPG Prepaid debit card scam uncovered

    Law enforcement officials in Eatonton and Baldwin County have uncovered an organized financial transaction card operation that involved the theft and tampering of prepaid debit cards.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo 3 Stories

Poll
AP Video
Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: MH17 Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel Clinton: "AIDS-Free Generation Within Our Reach" Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball
Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Stocks
NDN Video
CDC Director Warns Of A World Where Antibiotics No Longer Work Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid Kanye West Tells-All on Wedding in "GQ" Interview Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Scarlett Johansson Set To Marry In August New Star Wars Episode XII X-Wing Revealed Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB' Adam Levine Ties the Knot