Georgetown, TX (July 23, 2021) – Today, ROCK, Ride On Center for Kids hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to kick off the next phase of the Miracles in the Dirt campaign which will include the construction of the Sport Clips Heroes Arena. The ceremony celebrated a significant milestone in ROCK’s ongoing efforts to expand equine-assisted services throughout Central Texas. Among those in attendance were donors, construction partners, members of the ROCK board, staff, participants, families, and volunteers.
“The expansion will provide improved independence and life skills, in partnership with the horse, for children, youth, adults, and veterans on ROCK’s current waiting list, plus that growing future waiting list of those in need of equine-assisted services,” explained ROCK’s Board Secretary and co-chairman of the campaign, George Brightwell.
Once completed, the expansion will include a new 29,250 sq. ft. covered arena, an outdoor arena, a makeover of the Cecile Autrey Ham Family room, additional tack space, a veterinarian horse stall, renovations to the Patti Colbert Learning Center and existing office spaces, and additional land improvements. Construction is expected to be completed in late 2022. ROCK has partnered with JAB Engineering, Embree Group, JDI Contractor & Supply, Inc., Champion Site Prep, DFD Architects, and SEC Planning for the planning, design, and construction of the new facility. The total project including land acquisition and construction is estimated to cost $4 million. To date, ROCK has raised 82% of the funds needed to complete this project.
The Miracles in the Dirt campaign began in 2014 as the demand for equine-assisted services continued to grow. The first phase included the acquisition of 40 additional acres to the north and south of the existing facility to bring the campus to over 60 acres. “The need for this campaign grew out of a challenge from Charles Avery to buy more land and build a second arena,” said ROCK CEO and Founder Nancy Krenek. “In many ways, this expansion is really for the future. There are children who have not been born yet, adults who might need us one day, and veterans who have not yet even enlisted. This is for them.”
If you want to learn more about giving opportunities for Miracles in the Dirt, please contact Karah@ROCKride.org