Construction begins on a new Multisport Athletic Practice Facility This past November we broke ground on the construction of a 32,000 square foot multisport practice facility located on the north side of the Michael B. Picotte Field House. The building—unique to any local high schools in the Capital Region—will house a four lane track and areas dedicated to high jump, long jump, pole vault, and shot put. Two basketball courts will be placed inside the track oval, with provisions to make it easily configurable for volleyball, tennis, gymnastics, and a variety of field sports. Over the past several years enrollment has led to more athletic offerings for students coming from a larger geographic footprint, such that the Academies now field more than 50 athletic teams—including both The Albany Academy and Albany Academy for Girls—and attract students from as far away as Saratoga and Cobleskill areas. This has increased the demand on court time and pushed practices into the early evening, which becomes a challenge for AA and AAG students and their parents. An indoor facility such as this one will help with this issue as well as provide space for fall and spring sports to practice during times when fields are inaccessible due to inclement weather conditions. The multisport practice facility also provides a unique opportunity to honor longtime faculty member and track coach Jim Poole ’68, whose legacy at the Academies spans over 50 years. With the help and challenge from one of Jim’s former student athletes Tom Tuttle ’84, the new facility will be named the James Poole Multipractice Athletic Facility. Jim and a small group of dedicated individuals—along with the assistance from the Office of Institutional Advancement—have been asking many parents and former student athletes—particularly those who participated in track and field sports—for gifts. The cost of the project is $4 Million; however, we are not there yet! Thank you to the many parents, alumni, and alumnae who have stepped forward and made a contribution to this important initiative. For more information about the project and how you can participate, please contact Director of Institutional Advancement Ann Wendth at (518) 429-2385. Opening of the facility is set for the Fall of 2019.