Chelsea football boosters ask city for help with locker room project – Shelby County Reporter

By EMILY SPARACINO | Staff Writer

CHELSEA – Chelsea High School football booster organization is leading a project to improve the football team’s locker room as the new season approaches.

Several Chelsea Quarterback Club board members attended the Chelsea City Council meeting on June 21 to present their renovation plans and ask the city to provide financial support for the project.

“I know it’s a big question, but we feel like it’s also a quick win for these guys,” said Mike Brooks, Chelsea Quarterback Club president. “It will probably be a multi-season project, just with lead times, but we think we can make this happen with the support of the city. We’re working with the Shelby County Board of Education to do what they can too.”

Brooks said the locker room project was one of several needs that he and Todd Cassity, Chelsea’s new head football coach, identified for the program when they met recently.

“It doesn’t sound like much, but the locker room is really where these guys come together as a team and spend a lot of time there,” Brooks said. “It just doesn’t have the feel, the space needed, the equipment needed to represent a true 7A program.”

Cassity said he saw the need for improvements as soon as he first saw the dressing room after being hired as the head coach of the Hornets.

“Our weight room is top notch,” said Cassity. “It’s one of the best weight rooms I’ve seen in high school football. Our other facilities are not. Our locker room would probably be comparable to a 3A or 4A locker room, and we are now a 7A football team. We house over 100 kids in that locker room which should probably be a 40 or 50 capacity locker room.”

Brooks said Haley Handley, vice president of the Quarterback Club, has been working on the design plans, which currently include new metal lockers, new floors, a remodeled bathroom and wall cladding.

“One of the reasons this is so important is that we keep losing players to other schools, and one of the reasons is their facilities,” Brooks said. “If a child has a dream to play football and they are going to visit different facilities, they will be attracted to nicer facilities. We have lost many children over the years who have left Chelsea to live in other communities, and we want to try to do everything we can to keep those children and those families here in this community and improve these facilities is a of the ways to do that.”

Mayor Tony Picklesimer said the council would consider the Quarterback Club’s request.

In other cases, the council passed a resolution to approve an economic benefit package for AU Hospitality Group LLC, the company that planned to build a hotel in Chelsea.

“We are very pleased that a new La Quinta hotel is planned in Chelsea,” said Picklesimer. “We have been working towards this for several years. It is a beautiful facility that they are going to build.”

Picklesimer said it will be AU Hospitality Group’s 10th hotel.

The council also:

• Licensed Chelsea Fire and Rescue Lt. Hunter Knight’s recent promotion and dedication to the fire service.

• Voted to support the tax-free weekend of July 15-17.

• Voted to authorize the Alabama Department of Revenue to administer sales, consumer and seller taxes in Chelsea.

• Accepted an offer of no more than $15,000 for improvements to Chelsea Middle School’s football field.

• Appointed an election manager, absentee election manager and pollsters for Chelsea’s special election on Tuesday, July 12.

• Property declared surplus and sale approved. Picklesimer said a lot has been sold in the Foothills Business Park and a new business will be coming to Chelsea.

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