It's been years in the making and finally Wichita Christian has its own gym. Tuesday evening school officials held a dedication ceremony to say thank you to all who made it possible.
The school didn't have a gym because it relocated to a new location
Three years ago Wichita Christian moved from Loop 11 to Midwestern Parkway and the building had no gym, making it difficult for students to practice, but not anymore.
It's a dream come true for Wichita Christian students and teachers, one that took years of planning and money.
"It's a $2 million dollar project that we began when we purchased the building here," said Superintendent Karla Wallace.
Originally it was as elementary school, with no gym. When athletes practiced they were forced to go to several other locations.
"We also had to rent facilities or share facilities so that we could have simultaneous practices, so this alleviated some of the travel," said Wallace.
Through a campaign school officials raised the money for this 13,000 sq. feet facility that seats 500. It includes a concession area, locker rooms, laundry facilities and a training area. What students find most impressive is the floor.
"I was excited because the last gym was concrete," said varsity basketball player, Matt Steigerwald.
"It feels better than concrete especially when you fall," said senior varsity member Chelsea Studdard.
She is thankful she's a part of the team that first gets to use it.
"Just being to play in a brand new gym, I can't explain the feeling because it's so amazing," she said.
Tuesday evening cheers of applause erupted inside the gym, and it wasn't for a game winning shot, but rather giving thanks to all the donors who made the gym possible.
The 10 members of the school board funded 25 percent of the $2 million dollar project. The rest was funded through local businesses, family, alumni, and foundations.