Play Ball! Co-op Lights up FieldBy Victoria A. Rocha | ECT Staff Writer Published: April 23rd, 2010
It takes a village to build a new high school sports field.
That was the case in rural Alabama, where a five-man crew from Troy-based South Alabama Electric Co-op rewired and installed old stadium lights at a new high school sports complex. Along with the co-op, school board members, parents, and educators contributed to the construction of the Zion Chapel High School Sports Complex, which officially opened April 17 at the school in Jack.
The stadium lights were donated by a local university, but it would have cost the Coffee County school district at least $100,000 to repair them, said school superintendent Linda Ingram. “What the co-op did for us, I can’t tell you how meaningful it was,” said Ingram, who did her part by helping lay strips of sod on the field. “In this economy, we could not have paid for the lights.”
The co-op’s involvement began about two years ago, when Ingram contacted Mike Chirico, the co-op’s system’s engineer and Zion Chapel alumnus, after receiving the donation.