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A New Look for the Gym

There has been a flurry of activity in the Lincoln Lutheran gym over the past two weeks. Our Facility Supervisor Doug Wiemer has been working hard to paint walls, replace light bulbs, and perform other cleaning tasks in preparation for the 2010-11 basketball season. This year, there will be an additional key change taking place. By the time Grand Island Central Catholic comes to Lincoln to face the Warriors on December 2, the gym will enjoy two new scoreboards, a digital display board, and some new advertising panels. 

In a year during which Lincoln Lutheran realized a significant tuition increase for its families, some might wonder why such an upgrade is taking place. In reality, new equipment is being added because of the increased cost of education. We have been exploring new ways to partner with businesses in the community to generate additional revenue to serve our students. This work has led us to combine print media, permanent gym signage, and digital advertising into a comprehensive package. 

As work was being accomplished on Monday of this week, a student asked me, “Who is paying for this new stuff?” The answer is – our business partners. While the Lincoln Lutheran Athletic Department will contribute a small gift to this gym upgrade, the strong majority of this new program will be paid for by our business partners in the first year. Moving forward, this program has the potential of generating between $30,000 and $40,000 for the students and programs of Lincoln Lutheran. This income will allow us to better serve our students.

Because our brand new display board sustained some damage in transport, it appears as though we will have a temporary display board on our wall while a new board is constructed and shipped in the weeks to come. Because of this setback, our complete “new look” in the gym won’t be finished until Christmas. 

Huge thanks are necessary for Development Director Amy Jurgens and Development Assistant Carrie Merry for all their hard work making this possible. Many other folks have supported this process as well. We especially thank our Anchor Partners – Amigos, Concordia University, St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, Tracy’s Auto Collision Center, Heibel Dermatology, and Wellness One. We also thank our current Founding Partners Bob Haberman – State Farm, Watts and Hershberger, and HoriSun Hospice. 

We have additional marketing opportunities available. Please let us know if there are businesses we should talk to about this new program.


Have a great Winter Activity Season!

Scott Ernstmeyer
Executive Director - LLSA

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