Michigan City High Unveils Renovated Fitness Center | NWI preparations

Matthew Ard, a special education teacher, trained several times a week at the old facility.

He noticed the difference immediately as he looked around and sampled the new gear at an open house and ribbon cutting on Wednesday.

“Everything was a bit old and run down. Now it’s bright. It’s absolutely fantastic,” he said.

A $75,000 grant from the LaPorte Healthcare Foundation contributed to the nearly $104,000 cost of the renovation.

Maria Fruth, president and CEO of the HFL, said the project is in line with the foundation’s mission to make LaPorte County one of the 10 healthiest communities in the state.

“It’s a win-win situation,” she said.

Student-athletes will also use the facility as part of their physical education program.

High school athletic director Craig Shaman said everything was new except for a few of the older machines that were still in good shape.

“It’s something that other schools and other people now envy and usually we’re on the other end of that,” he said.

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