Ribbon cutting ceremony Feb. 17 for new sports field on Belle Glade campus

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Palm Beach State College at Belle Glade is holding a ribbon cutting ceremony Feb. 17 to formally dedicate the new multipurpose field, giving intramural sports teams a place to practice and play.

The ceremony will be at 3:45 p.m. on the 225-foot by 345-foot field behind the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, and it will include remarks from Palm Beach State College President Dennis Gallon. The ribbon cutting ceremony is part of several sporting activities planned for students beginning with a fun run at noon. Other activities include lunch from 1 to 1:40 p.m.; a soccer clinic from 1:45 to 2:40 p.m.; dodge ball from 2:45-3: 40 p.m. and flag football/kickball from 4-5:30 p.m.

The ribbon cutting will precede a 4 p.m. Community Forum with the District Board of Trustees and the board’s regular monthly meeting at 5 p.m. at the Dolly Hand.

Earl Bryant, student activities manager, said the campus currently is working on plans to establish two intramural sports teams: flag football and soccer. While groups of students have participated in sports competitions with their colleagues on other campuses, this is the first time that they will have their own field to practice on.

“I think it will help the campus overall wellness. It gives an avenue for stress relief,” he said noting that future plans call for a walking trail around the field.

Gallon pushed for the field after receiving feedback at a forum for students about the need for a place for sporting activities. The more than $210,000 project was paid for with student activities funds.

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