The DCHS Baseball Boosters Club has begun construction on a new indoor training facility for the Tiger baseball program. Fundraising efforts are underway to help support the project.
According to Jeff McMillen, President of the Booster Club, the structure will be a 40'x 80' metal building with two hitting cages, two pitching lanes, conditioning area, equipment room, restroom and coaches office. The facility is expected to be completed by January.
"In today’s world to be competitive in any sport, training is a priority and I think we as a booster club have a responsibility to provide the tools it takes and to allow an athlete who wants to excel to the next level the opportunity. This building will provide an indoor training area for pitchers, hitters and conditioning as well as a dressing room which the players have never had. The DCHS baseball program deserves the same type facilities as other schools where we play. It will be good for our players, our school and our community," said McMillen.
"Baseball players practice, train, and play primarily during cold and inclement weather with limited availability at other school facilities. The new building will provide the players the opportunity to train and excel in their sport and help instill a sense of pride in their school and program that they see at other programs in the district and state," added Assistant Coach Jonathon Norris.
While the school board has given the Booster Club authority to build the facility, it is not funding it. The Booster Club is raising all monies and providing mostly volunteer labor to build it. "There are no school/county funds being used for the construction of this building. The booster club through fundraisers and donations will fully fund the construction of this building. Tiger baseball boosters are committed to seeing this project completed. Our goal is not to hire any labor but to use volunteers from the booster club, community and the high school building trades class," said McMillen.
The Booster Club is seeking donations from the public and local businesses to complete construction. If you would like to help, contact Jeff McMillen or other booster club members. "I have been around here (DeKalb County) all my life and I have always found that when there is a need in the community, the community comes together and makes sure those needs are met. I don't see this need any differently. That's one of the reasons why so many people who come here don't leave. We are truly blessed to live in such a great place. I truly believe this project will take baseball in DeKalb County to another level for years to come," said McMillen.