Rubber provides a cleaner, softer surface for athletes.
The safe traction surface prevents accidental slips and falls which may result in serious injury.
High school athletics may seem like an eternity ago for some of you, but for teams of young athletes at four schools across the country it is a huge part of their everyday lives. These young men and women train rigorously in their respective sports, whether it is track and field, basketball, or football, hoping to consistently improve. However, their goals seemed far away as they stood amidst shabby gym equipment and facilities. Crumbling walls, damaged equipment, and ripped athletic gym mats were limiting the aspiring potential of these students, so ESPN decided to give them a boost in the form of a reality show! They recruited the help of various organizations and companies, including Rubber-Cal, to help bring energy to the old gyms.
Rubber-Cal donated rolls of multi purpose gym flooring to the show called “RISE UP.” These rubber rolls and rubber tiles were used in a range of applications from locker room floors to weight rooms. Rubber provides a cleaner, softer surface for the athletes: the cushioned padding helps relax joints and muscles while the safe traction surface prevents accidental slips and falls which may result in serious injury. Rubber absorbs the constant pounding vibration that comes from treadmills and other weight machines while also protecting the subfloor from heavy free weights. In addition to installing the rubber athletic gym mats, ESPN also provided the students with special training and mentorship by top professional athletes and coaches, in order to show their ongoing support and encouragement for the various teams.
The expressions on the young athletes’ faces were priceless as they gaped at their new school gym mats. They finally had the perfect facilities for challenging themselves to the next level and were amazed at how different their old facilities looked. The importance of the words “multi-purpose gym flooring” cannot underestimate the use of the area to all students not just athletes. Shots of the unveiling were truly emotional and inspirational to the students and to viewers alike. The renovation of the schools’ gym was not the only notable part of the show: entire communities came together to support and pitch in to ensure the success of the project. In the midst of a tough economy and continual budget cuts, the generosity and support of a community is truly valuable. Rubber-Cal was glad to help these young men and women achieve their dreams, whether it’s the next local championship title or to move on toward professional teams.