Gym Floor Dedication Takes Place
December 05, 2019
On November 5, 2019, UA Cossatot held a special gym floor dedication ceremony fifteen minutes before the Colt's first home game of the season. The ceremony was to commemorate the newly refurbished gym court and pay tribute to the sponsors who donated money to the project. The dedication ceremony also paid tribute to the history of the gym by honoring the Lockesburg High School Blue Darter mascot.
On September 30, 2019, the gym court was updated to meet the standards of the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association). Funds were raised to pay for the court refinishing through the UA Cossatot Foundation. Coca-Cola of Nashville, Husqvarna, and AEP-SWEPCO donated money to help pay for the new gym floor.
The primary donor to the gym court was the family of Bruce and Sandra Jackson of Lockesburg. The Jackson family have a long history with Lockesburg High School. Bruce Jackson and his son, Thomas Jackson, graduated from Lockesburg High School. Sandra Jackson also taught at the high school for 29 years. They chose to donate their money to support UA Cossatot's Lockesburg Campus as well as students attending UA Cossatot.
UA Cossatot Chancellor, Dr. Steve Cole, announced during the ceremony that the official new name of the gym court would be the Jackson Family Court. SWEPCO, Coca-Cola, and Husqvarna's logo are also displayed on the gym floor.
The dedication ceremony also paid tribute to the history of the gym. The Lockesburg Blue Darter that was painted on the gym floor in 1986 was repainted on a new floor piece. It was uncovered and revealed at the ceremony.
It is now hanging below the UA Cossatot scoreboard. The painting will remain in the UA Cossatot Bank of Lockesburg Gymnasium to remind future generations of the gym's history.
The Colts and Lady Colts will continue to play basketball this season until February. The Colts have eleven home games left, and the Lady Colts have eight.
Season passes are still being sold at each home game and online at www.cccua.edu/seasonpass