Hudson -- Student sports records may come and go, often in the same season.
However, through a new sponsorship program being offered by the district, a student athlete's name can remain long after his/her records are broken -- on a locker in the Malson Athletic Center.
The $2 million athletic center, which the district hopes to complete next year, will contain a number of amenities, including a training room, hall of fame area and new locker rooms.
As part of the district's "Continue the Legacy" sponsorship program, an athlete's name can be placed on a plaque and attached to a locker "for perpetuity," according to the district. The donation cost is $500 per name, with two names appearing on each locker. An exception will be made if a family wants to list all of their children's names on one locker. A single name plaque will be attached to a locker for a $1,000 donation.
The sponsorship program is open to athletes of all ages, especially Hudson alumni, according to the district. And the students do not to need to have held a record.
"The role of alumni is highly important to the continuing legacy of excellence of our Hudson student/athletes," Hudson Communications Manager Sheryl Sheatzley said. "Playing sports at the high school level provides a sense of team and camaraderie that continues well beyond the halls of Hudson High School."
District athletes have a long history of district, regional and state championships victories in all sports.
"Many Hudson grads have gone on to play sports at the college level and beyond. These grads bring a sense of pride and honor to our district and community that goes well beyond our borders," Sheatzley added. "Today, our athletic programs are better and stronger because of the rich history of athletes who played to win on our fields, on the gym floor, courts, mats, in the pool and on the ice."
Hudson High School Principal Brian Wilch said it's important for athletes to remember those who have gone before.
"Any time we as community members can connect with something we value, something that evokes a sense of pride, we pursue those opportunities," Wilch said. "As a high school with a rich tradition in athletics, it's important for us to always remember and pay tribute to those teams and individuals who had success in the past. This is yet another initiative, much like the halls of fame, whereby our students today can learn of and appreciate those who walked our halls and made their marks over the years."
According to the district, $1 million has been raised toward the $2 million goal for the athletic center.
"We need to raise $500,000 to build a $2 million facility that will provide exponential benefits and open up tremendous opportunities for our students and the Hudson community at large," according to Hudson Schools Business Manager Derek Cluse. "We have been working hard to develop opportunities for our corporate partners and we are optimistic that they will support to this project with sponsorships and in-kind donations of construction materials and hardware."
For more information on the center and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.hudson.edu.