New Team Room at Mercy High School Reflects Student-Athletes' Camaraderie, Dedication , Excellence
Mercy High School in Middletown, highly regarded for its academic excellence and stand-out athletic program, has debuted a new Team Room for student-athletes, outfitting top-notch facilities that reflect the quality and caliber of the school’s programs.
Mercy takes pride in its commitment to both academics and athletics, as student-athletes are challenged both academically and physically to excel. With an all-girls athletics program, students can improve their physical abilities and knowledge of sports, learn teamwork and leadership, and promote responsibility and fair play throughout their participation in Mercy sports teams.
Mercy High School, a parochial girls school attended by more than 350 students from just over 50 towns across the state, is receiving increasing recognition for consistent, exceptional performance in the classroom as well as on the field, on the court, on the track and in the water.
The new Team Room provides Mercy’s indoor teams a “home base” to call their own. A space where they are able to get ready for practices and games, discuss strategy, meet or watch game film using a new video monitor and enhance camaraderie and team spirit. It offers more than two dozen individual lockers for players, and an enveloping aesthetic that demonstrates a dedication to quality befitting the hard work and seriousness of purpose that the student-athletes show in their athletic pursuits.
Mercy High School offers students a full array of opportunities to participate in interscholastic sports throughout the academic year, as a member of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC), as governed by its rules and regulations.
The Fall athletics roster includes Cheerleading, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, and Volleyball. Winter athletics include Basketball, Cheerleading, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey and Indoor Track. Spring athletics include Golf, Lacrosse, Softball, Tennis and Track.
“Our student athletes now have a facility as impressive as all the work they put in to excel in their sport,” said Alissa DeJonge, President of Mercy High School. “We are tremendously proud of their commitment to excellence each and every day, and we are grateful to everyone who contributed to making these facilities a reality. Tiger pride, resiliency and gratitude are present in all that we accomplish.”
The new facility was made possible by generous donations to the Mercy High School Athletics Program by parents and donors, and includes adjacent facilities for visiting teams and referees.
The Team Room features inspirational posters extoling virtues including effort, excellence, pride, and teamwork that serve as a source of encouragement, and the Mercy Tigers logo is prominently featured.
Through the years, Mercy’s teams have excelled in competition and established an excellent reputation across Hartford, New Haven and Middlesex Counties, including nearly a dozen State Championships and noteworthy individual performances. Some of the interscholastic sports at Mercy have both Junior Varsity and Varsity teams pursing competitive schedules within the CIAC.
“We strive to provide our athletes a high level experience both on and off the court,” explained Director of Athletics Tim Kohs, in his tenth year at Mercy. “The student athletes have a tremendous work ethic and the socialization that the Team Room affords is how you build a team – the kids hang out together, become friends, and that enriches everything about their experience at Mercy.”
Although a new gym was built at Mercy just over a decade ago, limited funds precluded construction of locker rooms at that time. For much of the past decade, the lack of a formal locker room meant that a relatively small and somewhat cramped space beyond the auditorium stage did double-duty as a team space before, during and after games. Although that space was upgraded through the years, it still fell short of a comfortable, quality, invigorating team facility.
The Team Room for Mercy student-athletes is the centerpiece of ongoing upgrades. Nearby the new Team Room is attractive new signage, All-State boards listing the names of student-athletes earning that distinction in each sport, and donor recognition plaques, reflecting appreciation of those whose support for construction of the Team Room was indispensable.
Each summer, Mercy welcomes girls from around the state for their annual Summer Basketball and Soccer Clinics. The clinics, which will feature current and former Mercy basketball and soccer players, aim to teach girls the fundamental of these sports through drills and competition in a fun, friendly environment. This summer 2021 Basketball Clinic will be held June 21-25, 9am – 12pm, and the Soccer Clinic will be held June 21-24, 5pm – 7pm. More information is at www.mercyhigh.com.