November 28, 2022 Submitted by Hingham Sports Partnership
Hingham Sports Partnership is thrilled to announce that it will contribute $150,000 to support its new capital campaign, which is raising philanthropy from the community to fund “The DOCK at Hingham High School.” The new wellness and fitness facility at the high school will benefit every student and add a welcoming space for all students to exercise, socialize, and learn.
“HSP is thrilled and honored to contribute $150,000 to the campaign to help gather momentum for this much-needed space in Hingham,” says Deb McCarthy. “Hingham has such caring and generous residents, and we hope that it will inspire people to support the project.”
“In order to make The DOCK project a reality, we need to raise $1.5 million in this campaign from the Hingham community,” commented Kevin Quilty, who is co-chairing the effort along with Chris O’Connor.
“It has been roughly a decade since HSP’s last successful campaign, which partially funded the athletic fields at the high school. While our goal is a challenging one, we have confidence that Hingham will once again generously support such an important endeavor,” commented O’Connor.
The DOCK project aims to transform the old high school concession building near the track area into a state-of-the-art wellness facility that will be accessible to all high school students.
The proposed 2,500 square foot modern center at HHS will encompass fitness, wellness, exercise, and additional programming, potentially before, during and after school time.
Special Needs Athletic Partnership (SNAP), a nonprofit that provides athletic and recreational programs for kids with special needs, just announced a $50,000 donation to The DOCK project.
“While many think of HSP’s support of youth and high school sports teams, HSP has played a key role in helping increase inclusion and access to sports, such as providing seed funding for the Special Needs Athletic Partnership (SNAP), support for unified sports and much more,” says Fred Hussey, SNAP board member and former HSP president. “This new wellness center will play a key role in improving the wellbeing of all students of all abilities.”
Hingham High School has been expanding its electives, such as yoga and more, to address and benefit students’ mental health and wellness. The DOCK would give HHS a better space to host these electives and help improve students’ physical and mental health.