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With August around the corner, everyone is turning their attention to going back to school, which in the south also means back to football.
Riverside Christian Academy’s coaches, players and fans are gearing up for the Knights’ first varsity football game, which is less than one month away. A part of the Knights’ summer preparation, in addition to summer workouts, has been moving into RCA’s new field house facility.
The tornados that ripped through the area on April 27, 2011, demolished the school’s previous field house, and the United States Air Force began work to rebuild the following summer through the military’s Innovative Readiness Training Program. The project took longer than expected, so RCA’s football and soccer programs used a vacant classroom for the past two seasons as a changing facility. But, the wait for the new building to be completed is now over, and the teams have already moved into the new facility.
RCA’s new field house facility has a large weight room, two locker rooms, complete with bathroom and showering areas, a coaches’ office, an officials’ changing area, a laundry room and equipment storage areas.
“We are very blessed with our new field house facility. It has been worth the wait to get a facility that meets all of our needs,” said Head Football Coach Travis Creasy. “I would like to thank all of the people who worked to finish the facility for us to be able to use it this fall. It is truly a blessing for our players.”
RCA’s football programs participate in the Middle Tennessee Athletic Conference where they play eight-man football. The Conference is made up of teams from small private schools in the Middle Tennessee area. The Knights won the 2012 MTAC Championship and are hopeful to repeat in 2013.
The Knights’ first game is at home on Friday, Aug. 16; they will kick off against Hendersonville Christian Academy at 7 p.m.