Recently, the Fountain Valley High School athletics department got an upgrade on the weight room thanks to the efforts of Dennis Piramo, the co-athletic director and special education teacher, and Brad Woodbury from the athletics department.
The athletics department had $45,000 worth of weightlifting equipment donated to the school from BILT by Agassi & Reyes. According to Piramo, the company does it for most public schools.
Originally, Dr. Smith received an email from the company and Piramo followed the conversation through with the local representative from BILT. This involved the contributions of others as well. Kristie Musso, Mr. Lamar’s secretary, has a husband who works for the shipping company, so the costs to ship the equipment was donated as well.
“It’s not just weights with bars, although we did get three platforms. Most of it is tension with weights so it’s more circuit training type of thing. It’s really cool,” said Piramo.
Since adding the new equipment to the weight room, Piramo has been working hard along with Woodbury to assemble them.
“We didn’t hire anybody so everything is literally one hundred percent donated. I think it’s really good for the P.E. and athletics alike,” he said.
The new weight room equipment has been very beneficial towards students, whether they’re in regular P.E. or a sport. Piramo has positive views on it.
“I love it. I think it’s an upgrade to the weight room,” said Piramo. “I’m constantly looking for other companies to donate things to us, so hopefully we can get another generous offer.”
—Aozora Ito and Judy Hua