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ANAMOSA — It’s been something Anamosa Athletic Booster Pat Keating and his group have been working on for quite some time.

Saturday, Jan. 20, during a break at the Raiders’ own Denny Christenson wrestling invitational, Keating and the Boosters took a major step forward in their goal of providing Anamosa High School’s Marshal Yanda weight room with some much needed equipment by presenting the school with a check for $25,000.

“This is just the start of what we are hoping is a very ambitious fund raising campaign to raise a total of $85,000 in new equipment for the weight room,” Keating said. “We’re starting it off today with this check presentation and we’re hoping the community jumps in with donations and gets this thing really going.”

The Athletic Boosters raised the money for the monumental donation through concessions, donations and sponsor ads, among other initiatives.

The check presentation formally kicks off the Boosters’ fund raising effort. The group hopes to have all the new equipment in place in the weight room by Aug. 1

“We are thrilled to be given this boost to our fund raising efforts, and are excited to see the community come together and support such a worthy initiative,” said Anamosa High School football coach Lucas Stanton in a press release. “Having new professional fitness equipment available on site will be a tremendous asset for our students, and supports their physical health and wellness beyond the time they get in PE class.”

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, students who are physically active tend to have better grades, school attendance, cognitive performance and classroom behaviors, which according to Keating, makes the Boosters’ efforts that much more important.

“We want our students to have access to the best fitness equipment available,” Keating said. “And if we can reach our goal of $85,000, we should be able to do that for not only our athletes here, but all 400 students at Anamosa High School.”

Dozens of students, athletes, faculty and coaches joined Keating and fellow Booster Holly Niernberger on the wrestling mat inside the high school gym during the check presentation.

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