$300k sought for fball fieldhouse growth

A growing program at Farragut High School needs extra space to absorb the growth.

To make that happen, the FHS football program is seeking $300,000 to add 2,800 square feet to the eastern end of its fieldhouse, which is attached to the southern end of Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.

“This facility upgrade is important to enhance the resources into student/athlete development,” FHS varsity head coach Eddie Courtney stated in a press release. “We need four player-position meeting rooms and a player lounge, study area and fueling station (proper nourishment).”

While the entire $300,000 must be collected before the program can approach Knox County Board of Education for approval according to Courtney, the expansion plans received the blessing of FHS principal Dr. John Bartlett, athletic director Donald Dodgen and the FHS Football Booster Club last December.

As for donation incentives, “There are room-naming opportunities and other means to donate materials and money support,” Courtney stated in the release.

As of mid-February, “We’ve gotten a couple of (donation) commitments” who Courtney said he expects to collect from “once we officially announce we’re doing it. Maybe that will help some others” to donate.

To donate, or inquire further about donating, visit the program’s website: farragutfootball.com for other details.

Keeping an optimistic mindset, “We’d love to have it done before next football season (mid-August),” the Admirals skipper said. “I’d love to have it before next fall. … Even if the (opening) would run into the season, we’re OK with that.”

For more information, contact Courtney at eddie.courtney@knoxschools.com