Dunlap wins sports storage system

Adam Larck
Patrick Gornik, second from left, and Duane Peterson, second from right, pose with Spacesaver representatives after winning the Rock UR Athletic Storage Contest.

Besides building new athletic facilities over the summer, Dunlap High School will be getting a new sports storage system as well.

The school won the system in the Rock UR Athletic Storage Contest that Spacesaver hosted. Out of 96 schools that participated in it, Dunlap won by 10,571 points over the next school.

Their prize is a $30,000 athletic storage system that pro football teams and various colleges already use.

“We’re really, really thankful for all of the community members and students that participated to help the school win,” Milissa Rick, marketing director of commercial business for Spacesaver, said.

Patrick Gornik, the girls tennis head coach and boys tennis assistant coach, signed Dunlap up for the contest by describing the current storage conditions of the school, as well as submitting photos.

Gornik then sent out daily reminders to the community to keep voting to improve the chances for the school to win.

Rick said that the contest was not based only on votes, but used an algorithm to determine the winner.

“It was based on a number of votes, as well as what their ratings were,” she said. “So in the end, we had over 250,000 people view and vote at the website.”

Spacesaver awarded Dunlap with a check for the storage system on Thursday.

After the ceremony was over, members from the company were shown the athletic facilities to help give suggestions about where the new system would go.

While Rick was not sure how soon the storage system will go in, she expects it to be “relatively soon” depending on the school’s plans.

The storage system will feature a design of the mascot on the front of the storage panels.

The system is completely electronic, and allows for sections to slide out of the way for individual sports to access their equipment.