Sea Hawk Pavilion re-opens, ribbon-cutting ceremony features World Peace and Rosenthal
by Benni McLaughlin
All photos by Jenny Oetzell
The new, state-of-the-art Sea Hawk Pavilion opened today at a ribbon-cutting ceremony that featured appearances by the school board, several people in charge of the construction, Olympian Sean Rosenthal, and Metta World Peace of the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Pavilion is a completely renovated building, funded by the grants received from the Redondo’s Measure C.
The ceremony opened with speeches by principal Dr. Nicole Wesley and superintendent Dr. Steven Keller. They spoke about how grateful students should be about the new big gym facilities, saying that they are “the best in the area.”
“This gym is for our kids, for your kids, and for the community,” Keller said. “We plan on taking care of this gym for decades to come.”
After the ribbon cutting by the school board, local US Olympic volleyball player Sean Rosenthal gave a speech about the new facilities and athletics at Redondo.
Much to the delight of the crowd, Rosenthal was followed by Los Angeles Laker Metta World Peace, who talked about giving back to the community and then participated in a brief “blessing of the gym.”
World Peace remained in the gym for approximately an hour following, signing autographs for anyone students waiting in line. After his time was up, he left, leaving those remaining empty-handed.
Students and faculty alike seemed impressed by the facilities and the ceremony, commenting on the new, more complex scoreboard and the “RUHS” spelled out in the bleachers in Sea Hawk red and white.
After the ceremony the boys volleyball team played the first home game in the new facilities.