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April 5, 2014

Sports Center a regional draw for Floyd County

FLOYD COUNTY — The Southern Indiana Sports Center continues to draw praise as a top notch facility for recreation.

Located at 620 Park East Blvd., the SISC is being featured by the Floyd County Parks Department in April as its Park of the Month.

Originally a private facility, the SISC was donated to the New Albany-Floyd County Parks Department by the Blue Sky Foundation in 2006. When New Albany decided to split the joint parks department in 2012, the city ceded ownership of the center to the county.

The facility is boosted by rental and league fees, especially by local volleyball organizations.

The Union Volleyball Club has called the Sports Center home since it opened its doors.

“We practice all of our Indiana-based teams out of this facility, as well as use it to host our four tournament events throughout the club ball season,” said Terri Purichia, club co-director for Union’s Indiana site.

“It still feels like a new facility because they do such an excellent job maintaining it.”

It’s almost like a family, the relationship between Union and the SISC and its staff, she continued.

Other volleyball clubs also utilize the SISC.

The building opened in 2000, and Floyd County Parks Director Roger Jeffers said the Blue Sky Foundation provided a great asset to the public when it donated the SISC.

“It’s serving the entire community,” he said. “It’s a well used building, so we’re very grateful.”

In addition to the gymnasium area, there’s a weight room, concession area, pro shop and restroom and shower facilities inside the center.

The administrative offices of the parks department are located in the SISC. For more information, visit the website floydcountyparks.org

The Southern Indiana Sports Center is available for rent for birthday parties, gym recreation and tournaments. For more information, call 812-948-5360.

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