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HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Patrons of Oak Grove High School, including Brett and Deanna Favre, have raised about $700,000 to complete Phase 1 of a new girls' volleyball facility.
The Hattiesburg American reports (http://hatne.ws/1vunzE8 ) the Favres are members of the Warrior Club, which supports Oak Grove sports.
Also, the Favres' daughter, Breleigh, is a sophomore at the high school and an avid volleyball player.
The entire project is expected to cost $1.2 million. The first phase is expected to be completed in June.
Phase 1 will consist of the gymnasium and everything the girls need to play there, while Phase 2 will be the locker rooms, players' lounge, storage facilities and other extras, said girls volleyball coach Kelsea Seymour.
She said the new facility illustrates the importance volleyball now has at the school.
"It shows a change in the culture of sports around here," she said. "There are a lot of young girls playing here. Having a facility — it's going to help our program grow. It's going to help the community see that volleyball is an up-and-coming sport for girls."
Seymour said she'll be able to host tournaments on a one-court setup in the new gym, while the girls can practice on a two-court setup. In the current gym, there isn't room for two courts.
Superintendent Tess Smith said the volleyball team will share their gym with other sports including cheer, dance and indoor drumline.
Information from: The Hattiesburg American, http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com