Sea Hawk Pavilion re-opens, ribbon-cutting ceremony features World Peace and Rosenthal

by Benni McLaughlin

All photos by Jenny Oetzell

The new, state-of-the-art Sea Hawk Pavilion opened today at a ribbon-cutting ceremony that featured appearances by the school board, several people in charge of the construction, Olympian Sean Rosenthal, and Metta World Peace of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Board of Education members Drew Gamet and Todd Loewenstein cut the red ribbon. Members Anita Avrick and Laura Emdee steady the ribbon. // Photo by Jenny Oetzell

The Pavilion is a completely renovated building, funded by the grants received from the Redondo’s Measure C.

The ceremony opened with speeches by principal Dr. Nicole Wesley and superintendent Dr. Steven Keller. They spoke about how grateful students should be about the new big gym facilities, saying that they are “the best in the area.”

“This gym is for our kids, for your kids, and for the community,” Keller said. “We plan on taking care of this gym for decades to come.”

Dr. Steven Keller, RBUSD superintendent, dedicates the new Sea Hawk Pavilion. // Photo by Jenny Oetzell

Dr. Nicole Wesley, principal, welcomes students and begins the grand re-opening celebration. // Photo by Jenny Oetzell

After the ribbon cutting by the school board, local US Olympic volleyball player Sean Rosenthal gave a speech about the new facilities and athletics at Redondo.

Sean Rosenthal, USA Olympic volleyball team member, speaks. // Photo by Jenny Oetzell

Much to the delight of the crowd, Rosenthal was followed by Los Angeles Laker Metta World Peace, who talked about giving back to the community and then participated in a brief “blessing of the gym.”

World Peace remained in the gym for approximately an hour following, signing autographs for anyone students waiting in line. After his time was up, he left, leaving those remaining empty-handed.

Students and faculty alike seemed impressed by the facilities and the ceremony, commenting on the new, more complex scoreboard and the “RUHS” spelled out in the bleachers in Sea Hawk red and white.

After the ceremony the boys volleyball team played the first home game in the new facilities.

LA Lakers' forward Metta World Peace, expresses his enthusiasm for the new facility. // Photo by Jenny Oetzell

Leah Langford, junior, looks on as World Peace autographs a photo. // Photo by Jenny Oetzell

 

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