Foundation Academy on Friday, Oct. 8, celebrated the opening of its new Kelly Family Athletic Annex and the Lumpkins Family Strength and Conditioning Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Community leaders, school staff and donors came together for the celebration. The Foundation Academy Steel Drum Band and cheerleaders were also in attendance and performed for guests as they arrived.
President Dave Buckles welcomed guests and shared the important role the athletic annex will play in the school's athletic program. The new space will be used as a strength and conditioning center.
Pastor Tim Grosshans, of Winter Garden's First Baptist Church, then prayed a special blessing on the school, the students and their families.
The building of the athletic annex was possible thanks to the Kelly family and the Lumpkins family, who cut the ribbon together.
Chip, the patriarch of the family, spoke of his family's passion for the Foundation Academy and Christian education.
Chip said he and his wife, Luanne, said they realized early on in their parenting that education was key.
“You only get one chance to educate your child,” he said.
Some of the Kelly and Lumpkins family grandchildren read scriptures chosen by the families to dedicate the space.
Remarks were then made on behalf of the Kelly family by Chris Sharp. He dedicated the space to his late father-in-law, Ken Kelly, who he said left a legacy for his family rooted in Christ.
Chip Lumpkins and his son, Stephen Lumpkins, made remarks on behalf of their family.
Other special guests at the ceremony included the Mayor of Winter Garden John Rees and the Vice President of the West Orange Chamber of Commerce Krista Carter.
Guests were offered the opportunity to tour the athletic annex after the conclusion of the event.