Nardin Academy is proud to announce the completion of an outdoor community athletic complex at 1801 Elmwood Avenue, less than two miles north of the school's Cleveland Avenue campus. The facility includes two multi-use athletic fields, a softball diamond, bleachers, lighting, locker rooms, and restrooms.
The complex is a collaborative local asset that provides access to a quality youth sports experience, regardless of zip code or ability. Nardin plans to partner with public organizations and program providers and is committed to allocating 30 percent of prime hours to community use at low or no cost, enhancing the connection between existing neighborhood revitalization efforts and new opportunities to improve long-term health and wellness issues.
"Connecting with, serving and embracing all is a cornerstone of our mission and vision, and Nardin Academy is excited to establish partnerships with community-based program providers. We are big believers in the shared-use model. This benefits Buffalo as much as it benefits Nardin," said Nardin Academy President Marsha Joy Sullivan.
The Nardin Academy Community Athletic Complex is located on redeveloped industrial land under New York State's Brownfield Cleanup Program to create green space that supports physical activity and play. The land was donated by Mod-Pac Corp.
"Mod-Pac is honored to support the efforts of Nardin to expand access to athletic fields within the community we call home," said Daniel Keane, Mod-Pac President and CEO and Nardin parent.
City of Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown stated, "Investing in environmental remediation prepares our communities for revitalization and renewed economic activity. Nardin Academy transformed an underutilized property along Elmwood Avenue into a new Community Athletic Complex that will provide Nardin students with a great home field, while also offering a safe environment for City youth to play, learn and grow, regardless of zip code or ability. This unique community partnership by an independent school truly is a game changer and will make a positive difference in the lives of countless children. Congratulations to all involved!"
"These fields will provide a positive learning environment for youth in the critical preteen and early adolescent years, when learning patterns are defined," added Sullivan. "They will expand sports-skill and sports sampling opportunities for youth from low-income families to improve physical fitness and promote an active lifestyle, help youth acquire good health practices, and provide a safe environment to play, learn, and grow."
"Nardin will finally have a true home field advantage and will provide better training opportunities for our student-athletes year round," said Joe Baudo, athletic director at Nardin Academy. "These new facilities give us the ability to better serve our students while adding an important resource to the community."
The Community Athletic Complex will be used for the first time on Thursday, July 30 to honor Nardin's High School Class of 2020, who will be celebrated with a modified graduation ceremony in accordance with mandated social distancing guidelines. The facility will officially open this Fall.