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SCCC opens new fitness center today

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Posted: Sep. 13, 2017 12:01 am

NEWTON — The county college’s new fitness center will open its doors this evening offering students and staff their first chance to see a project nearly three years in the making.

Sussex County Community College will host a grand opening of a new 3,000-square foot fitness center at 5 p.m. The fitness center is located in the college’s “E” building, directly across from the gymnasium.

John Kuntz, the school’s athletic director and assistant dean of athletics, joked that a new fitness center was, for him, something that’s been in the works for 30 years. But, Kuntz said, the project really started more than two-and-half-years ago when the college president, Jon Connolly, was interviewing for the position.

“It was a priority for (Connolly),” Kuntz said. “He was the guy who said, two-and-half-years ago, that we need to get this done. The Board of Trustees got behind it, we did some planning and here we are today.”

Compared to the school’s current fitness center, Kuntz said the new facility was a “night and day” difference. The new center has brand new treadmills, elliptical machines, cycle machines, free weights and strength training equipment.

“We’ve struggled for a lot of years with the old fitness center and old equipment, a very small size, capacity-wise,” he said. “So, this is a much bigger improvement for us…I think our students are going to really enjoy it. I know our student athletes will. I also believe our staff will. It’s a campus community space for us. It’s not just for the student athletes of the college, it’s for everybody.”

The new fitness center will also allow the college’s exercise science program more opportunity for hands-on learning experiences, according to Kuntz.

“I think as we continue to add academic programs that we’re looking at, whether it be in the nutrition area or anything related to health, that this room will come into play for those kinds of programs,” he said.

Initially, Kuntz said, the fitness center will be for use by the college community but their could be plans to open to the public in the future.

For now, Kuntz said he’s just looking forward to getting the fitness center operational.

“Everybody’s looking forward to it,” he said. “We’re excited about it.”

 

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