By Allison Collins
UNADILLA/OTEGO – Several sectors of the Unatego community came together recently to fund, construct and deliver two brand-new 3,000-pound wooden soccer dugouts for the benefit of Spartan and visiting male and female soccer players. The project, conceptualized by members of the Unatego Spartan Booster Club more than two years ago, came to fruition this fall.
President of the Unatego Spartan Booster Club Katherine Newman explained: “The Booster Club approached the (Unadilla Community Foundation) for a grant about two years ago specifically for soccer shelters at the high school.” From there, she said, because of club members’ first-hand knowledge of the superior work done through the BOCES Building Trades class, the group initiated a collaboration with Matthew White, Building Trades instructor at the Chenango campus, and his students, two of which happened to be Unatego Spartan soccer players. Not long after that, said Newman, the funding was granted.
“The funding came through in May (of last year) and BOCES came on at the end of the school year,” said Newman, adding, “Matt White assured us he would make it the first project of the new school year.” Remembering the long but worthy process, Newman noted, “Everything just fell into place.”
Booster Club member and past secretary Missy Komenda said the project was a priority because, before now, Spartan and visiting soccer players had no option for shelter from inclement weather. And, that two current players, seniors Noah Blake and Joshua Treffeisen, could be a part of building the structures, said Komenda, made the end result that much more meaningful.