Hudson -- Superintendent Phil Herman, two mayors and members of Scott Malson's family helped break ground May 12 on the $2 million athletic center which will named for Mr. Malson.

The Malson Athletic Center will be located at Hudson Memorial Stadium and bear the Malson family name, who played football at Hudson High School and coached with the Hudson Hawks Youth Football Program. Mr. Malson died of cancer about eight years ago.

The ceremonial ground breaking was in the Hudson High School auxiliary gymnasium with shovels manned by School Board President Dave Zuro, Superintendent Phil Herman, Sue Malson, Richard Malson, Barbara Malson, Hudson Mayor William Currin and Boston Heights Mayor Bill Goncy.

The event was moved inside due to storms, but there were still around 150 people in attendance for the ceremony.

The district has set a September completion date for the two-story, 9,400-square-foot building which will house locker rooms, a hall of fame, training rooms, coaching offices and storage on the first floor and a community room on the second floor, overlooking the stadium.

Local residents and merchants have donated or pledged $2.6 million for the project, according to Hudson School's Business Manager Derek Cluse.

Fundraising efforts began with a $500,000 donation by Scott's parents, Richard and Barbara.

The Hudson Board of Education allocated $385,000 in construction funding left over from a previous construction project, and an additional $500,000 was available from a community reinvestment/tax abatement plan with Boston Heights, via an agreement with Arhaus Furniture.

More rooms can be built depending on donations, Cluse said.


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