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Covington Catholic’s Fieldhouse Of Dreams Becomes a Reality

Thanks to a donation of $167,000 from the Cincinnati Bengals, other CCH donors and the sweat equity of CCH supporters, the dream of an indoor training facility at Covington Catholic High School became a reality today.  The facility was abuzz as supporters gathered and applauded the well-deserved thank you’s, a blessing from Fr. Hennigan and the ribbon was cut marking the official opening. 

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Covington Catholic’s Fieldhouse Of Dreams Becomes a Reality
Julane Becker

Thanks to a donation of $167,000 from the Cincinnati Bengals, other CCH donors and the sweat equity of CCH supporters, the dream of an indoor training facility at Covington Catholic High School became a reality today.  The facility was abuzz as supporters gathered and applauded the well-deserved thank you’s, a blessing from Fr. Hennigan and the ribbon was cut marking the official opening. 

Thanks to a donation of $167,000 from the Cincinnati Bengals, other CCH donors and the sweat equity of CCH supporters, the dream of an indoor training facility at Covington Catholic High School became a reality today.  The facility was abuzz as supporters gathered and applauded the well-deserved thank you’s, a blessing from Fr. Hennigan and the ribbon was cut marking the official opening. 

Attendees were in awe with their first glimpse at the state-of-the-art equipment and massive indoor turf.  And while the first glimpse is impressive, it does not tell the whole story.  “Nothing was overlooked.  Every detail was well thought out,” says full-time CCH strength coach, Adam Atallah.  The vision was to create a space, safe from inclement weather, and equipped for all sports and to be used by the entire student body.  When you see the 45-yard turfed field, you might not realize that outdoor turf was used so that regular cleats can be worn, and athletes do not need a second pair of shoes.  From the turf to the safety railing to the technology, the Colonel athletes will have the resources needed to train at the next level.

Getting to this day, would not have been possible without the help from many.  CCH Alum Chuck McHale approached Principal Rowe in 2018 about purchasing the facility.  CCH staff and supporters went to work once the facility was in hand to obtain the funds for the renovation.  Our Advancement department lead by Mrs. Tara Lean, researched, and applied for funding from the Cincinnati Bengals.  “We were ecstatic to receive the donation of $167,000 knowing our goal was now obtainable,” said Principal Rowe.  Additional funding came in from St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Cincy Ortho, Drs. Brueggemann and Anthony Zembrodt, Mr. and Mrs. Ken Williams along with the Wulfeck Family. Athletic Director, Tony Bacigalupo, lead the project as the general contractor and our own staff worked to remove large 20ft mirrors, paint walls, level floors, and our football team moved the equipment in as day one of winter conditioning.  Many CovCath alumni contractors supported the renovation efforts.   This was truly a team effort to make this dream a reality.