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Nonprofit Groups Help Renovate Norwalk Gym

NORWALK, Conn. – A community fundraising effort by two local nonprofit organizations has helped pay for gymnasium renovations at Norwalk's Roton Middle School.

The renovations include new glass backboards and a state-of-the-art scoreboard. The Rowayton Civic Association men's basketball club and the Norwalk Youth Basketball Association, both of which use the gym, spearheaded the effort.

"We are extremely grateful for the generosity of these two community organizations. I am certain that many will reap the benefits of such a gesture for years to come, especially our students," said Joseph Vellucci, Roton School principal.

The gymnasium, which is used daily by Roton's 239 students, serves as the basketball association's home court for Sunday afternoon games. "It's a great gym with years of history and a lot of character," said Matt McQuillen, the association's commissioner. "Our goal is to get Norwalk's youth back into the community's gymnasiums, and these renovations will jump-start that effort."

The Rowayton Civic Association, which was created in 1911, has been involved in many community improvements over the years, said Kat Curtain, president. "This project exemplifies what the RCA is all about," she said. "We are just very fortunate to have a group of generous, community-minded members who care for our school facilities."

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