Warner Christian Academy renovated the athletic field used for football and soccer this summer.
Ryan Williams, the school’s athletic director stated, “I am very excited to show off our new field this coming season. Thanks to the many volunteers, organizations and Warner’s new capital campaign, we were able to remove the damaged grass and replace it with new sod to provide our athletes with a better and safer playing surface for the upcoming school year.”
Over 50 Warner student athletes, parents, faculty and community members volunteered over 1,000 man-hours to install 80,000 square feet of premium Bermuda Sod.
Warner student and volunteer sod layer Travis Hubbert said, “I wanted to help my teammates and to make the field look a lot better. I am very excited about playing on the new field.”
“It was truly a collaborative effort,” explained Tammy Young, assistant athletic director. Four local churches – White Chapel Church of God, First Baptist Daytona Beach, Christ Community Daytona Beach and Calvary Chapel Port Orange – provided volunteers. The Port Orange Chick-fil-A sent over some of their employees to lay sod and provided food for the volunteers.
The original field was installed in 1997, but had experienced reoccurring issues with irrigation and mole crickets, which had damaged the field beyond repair. Fowler Services of Port Orange provided removal services of the damaged grass and regrading of the field surface.
R&R Sod of New Smyrna Beach, whose owner, Rick D’Alessio, a Warner alumnus, contributed 200 pallets of new sod at a significant discount in support of the school.
Warner recently launched a $6.2 million Imagine Capital Campaign with the vision of becoming one of Florida’s top STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Athletics, and Math) schools. The completion of the upgrades to the athletic field is the first of many planned enhancements to the school’s facilities.
For more information, visit Warner’s website at www.wcageagles.org.