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Grimes celebrates new Sheehan Sports Complex

When Bishop Grimes began its "United in Faith" capital campaign in 2004, one of its goals included building an auxiliary gym to complement its current sports facility. The objective was met last month, and on May 29, about 250 people gathered to celebrate the Sheehan Sports Complex, which was completed on time and on budget, according to Development Manager Bill Connor.

"The community support for the capital campaign has been outstanding and has allowed the school not only to build the new structure, but also improve classrooms, the library, art studios and technology labs," Connor said.

Msgr. George Sheehan, former long-time school principal, gave the blessing at the event. The 5,500 square-foot complex was named in memory of his parents, George F. and Ellen E. Sheehan.

"I think if they (his parents) were there it would have been a very humbling experience for them," Fr. Sheehan said, adding that the auxiliary gym was certainly needed. "I thank all who put their heart and soul into making it happen."

Fr. Sheehan now serves as vicar for Catholic School Advancement for the Syracuse Diocese.

For Athletic Director Mike Barlow, the new gym brings opportunity.

"Bishop Grimes currently sponsors 42 sports teams and the need for additional practice space is essential to expanding these programs," Barlow said.

Students read scriptures and prayers during the ceremony and the Bishop Grimes pep band, under the direction of music instructor Michael Walls, performed songs.

A reception organized by Mary Anne Cogliandro and assisted by Joanna Saulisbury -- both members of the BG Parent Organization -- immediately followed.

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