Hudson -- September 6 will be a day of kickoffs in the district.
The Explorers varsity football team will kickoff their 2013 home opener against Lake High School and the district will launch a campaign to raise additional funds to begin the Malson Athletic Center at Hudson Memorial Stadium.
Fliers outlining the fundraising campaign will be distributed at home games and various venues. About $556,000 is needed before Dec. 31 in order for an April ground breaking on the $2 million project, according to Derek Cluse, business manager for Hudson City Schools. So far about $944,000 has been raised. Of that money, $469,000 is left over from a donation by Dick and Barb Malson, whose $2.1 million donation funded the building of Scott Malson Stadium, at the middle school. The stadium was named after their son, Scott, who played football at Hudson High School and coached with the Hudson Hawks Youth Football Program. Scott died of cancer about seven years ago.
The district approved $375,000 toward the project and an anonymous donor has pledged $100,000, Cluse said. The target completion date for the athletic center is Sept. 1, 2014.
The 9,400-square-foot, two-story Malson Athletic Center will be built just north of the Hudson Memorial Stadium between the High School and the stadium, Cluse said. Plans call for state-of-the-art locker rooms for home and away teams. The proposed home-team locker room will accommodate 100 people. The visitor's locker room will accommodate 85 people.
The facility will also have an area for the athletic hall of fame and a space to honor major financial donors.
The facility is designed to provide appropriate amenities for the Hudson interscholastic program as well as state playoff games and other special events.
A comprehensive training room will feature "all the current modalities necessary to provide injury prevention, rehabilitation, and will enable athletic training personnel to provide immediate intervention when injuries occur," according to Cluse. The room will be large enough to accommodate all outdoor sports and will include privacy areas for physicians' examinations.
The second floor of the complex will feature a community room with "expansive windows" overlooking the field. The room will accommodate 50 people.
"The room is ideally suited for pre-game and in-game social functions, small group meetings and instruction, and a variety of school sponsored activities," Cluse said.
Naming rights are available for the community room, locker rooms and training room, according to Superintendent Phil Herman.
"This facility is sorely needed to bring our high school athletic programs to the high school site," Cluse said. "We have established opportunities to make financial contributions to the project at all levels from bricks in the Malson Walkway, to plaques on the donor wall, to naming rights on the major rooms in the Malson Athletic Center."
In addition, current and former athletes, as well as patrons, can sponsor individual lockers in locker rooms, Cluse added.
"We will mount the name and jersey number of the athlete permanently on the sponsored locker," he said.
The district is also "actively seeking out potential corporate and individual sponsors to partner with in order to make this facility a reality," Cluse said.
"Finally, we want to emphasize that Mr. Malson has agreed to match all contribution dollar for dollar up to $500,000," Cluse added. "So contributors can double the impact of their donation."