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DENMARK – Voorhees College officially opened its new fitness center in a groundbreaking and groundbreaking ceremony held earlier this month at the Leonard E. Dawson Health and Human Resources Center .

Voorhees faculty, staff and non-athletic students will have access to the new 800-square-foot center, which includes weight-training equipment and other amenities. Community members will be able to use the facility in the spring, in accordance with COVID-19 safety guidelines.

“As part of the next level of excellence, health and wellness is a priority and we want to make sure the center is accessible to faculty, staff and students. I would like to thank The Episcopal Church for the funding and share my appreciation for the city of Denmark in our partnership, ”said Ronnie Hopkins, president of Voorhees College.

Charlene Johnson, vice president of student affairs and director of athletics, took the lead in developing the center. Calvin Williams, assistant professor and sports management program coordinator, along with students worked with Johnson to make the center a reality.

“We are excited to take the next level of excellence as we open our new fitness center. A grant from the Episcopal Church and college helped purchase state-of-the-art exercise equipment and renovate an existing space, ”Johnson said.

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Gerald Wright, Mayor of Denmark, was also present for the ceremony. “The history of Voorhees College and Denmark is parallel. We have a supportive relationship with each other. It’s always a good thing to be included, ”he said.

Other participants in the program included Joshua Gayle, president of the Voorhees Student Government Association, and Bennie James, professor of religion, who delivered the blessing and dedication just before the ribbon was cut.

“Fitness and well-being play an important role in the life of a student. I am sure that in early spring this facility will be for standing only, ”said Gayle.

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“Our goal is to develop students holistically by strengthening the mind, spirit and body. The spirit, through the academic and mental health services we provide, the spirit through our faith in Christ and the Episcopal Church (chapel services) and the body through physical form, ”said Williams.

Former and current sports management-management and facility design students assisted in the project. Their contribution, ideas and creativity were showcased in discussions and weekly work visible in the fitness center, according to Williams.

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“The establishment of the fitness center will give faculty, staff and students the opportunity to exercise on campus. I think it will be very beneficial for those who use it, ”said Zay’Aunna Beard, sports management student.

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