Hometown Hero- Siggy Gorman

By: Fida Georges Email
By: Fida Georges Email

In less than one year, over $24,000 of grants, equipment and donations were obtained to totally transform an almost empty lot into a fun and fully functioning playground.

Siggy Gorman is a P.E. teacher and basketball coach at St. Joseph's Catholic School.

As a child she battled obesity and said this has fueled her passion to teach kids that physical education could be a fun and life long adventure.

Along with her 8th grade class, Gorman contacted Bowling Green's Alive Center about a possible grant for upgrading their playground which at the time consisted of only four swings and monkey bars.

The Center awarded St. Joseph's $2,000.

Gorman continued with the grant writing and her plea was heard by several area businesses and organizations.

The gravel track around the playground, outdoor lighting for night safety, new swings, soccer goals and countless play equipment have enticed more than just St. Joseph's students.

Students have also completed an art project to block the view of an area nightclub from the playground.

All this was accomplished in less than a year.

The playground renovation started in November 2005.

Gorman also said although this project has come a long way, she hopes to have more additions to the playground with the continued help of area businesses and organizations.

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