Project Description

Project:
Hughes High School Recreation Center

Grant Award:
$101,000

Activities Beyond the Classroom, (ABC) was founded in 2004 to increase and enhance extracurricular opportunities in Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS). By 2015, ABC managed and assisted with over 250 programs and activities throughout CPS. The Impact 100 grant will renovate the empty Krueck Center pool space at Hughes High School into a vibrant athletic facility for the school’s extracurricular programs, which can also be
used as a community recreation center.
ABC’s grant from Impact 100 will transform the Hughes High School Recreation Center. The grant will renovate the empty Krueck Center pool space at Hughes High School into a vibrant athletic facility for the school’s extracurricular programs, which can also be used as a community recreation center. The renovated space will require filling in the existing pool and will be finished with sports floor, portable baskets, drop-down batting/pitching cages, turf, and equipment that will be utilized by 100 Hughes students every school day, 350 Hughes students through extracurricular athletics each year, and 500 community members (local CPS elementary students, community partners, and AAU team) generating yearly revenue of at least $5,000 yearly through facility rentals, in partnership with CPS.

Hughes High School/Krueck Center Renovation Final Report

The Project was completed in  time for the 2016 Grand Opening.  A few highlights:

What have been your unexpected successes? Challenges?

An unexpected success has been having a safe place for kids to practice. We aren’t out in the parking lots fielding baseballs and softballs, and we have been able to practice every single day no matter the weather. Our special education units have also been able to enjoy multiple sports in The Mack, which enhances their experience in the school. We haven’t had any unexpected challenges—The Mack has been a true blessing.

Thus far, what has been the impact on your agency and clients as a result of the Impact 100 grant?

The Mack has been a game changer in every way we imagined, and then some. Kids are happy, home on time, safe, and practicing no matter the weather.

The total project was $84,658 more than the $101,000 Impact 100 grant.  To offset the difference, they turned to a variety of sources including ABC, CPS, and vendors who donated the turf and batting cages.

Over the 3 year grant cycle, 4700 were served, 64% male, 36% female, 98% African American. 89% of those served were in Hamilton County.   See the full report:

Impact 100 – ABC Final Report – July 2018.docx