Patrick Ewing is the most prominent athlete to come out of Georgetown University, a player for the ages that helped solidify the Hoyas, along with coach John Thompson, as a national powerhouse in the 1980s.Now Ewing is giving back to Thompson and Georgetown.Ewing and longtime agent David Falk are donating $3.3 million to the John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletics Facility, a $60 million, 144,000-square-foot building on Georgetown’s Washington, D.C., campus. It will house practice courts, training facilities, meeting rooms and offices. The facility will serve all 29 of the Hoyas’ scholarship sports.Georgetown is expected to break ground on the John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletics Facility this summer.“Coach Thompson was my coach, mentor and friend,” Ewing said in a release. “He guided me through a very formative period in my life and helped me prepare for success on and off the court. Giving back to the university in his honor is special.”Ewing and Thompson led Georgetown to the 1984 national title and reached the Final Four three times in four years. Falk, a prominent NBA agent who also represented Michael Jordan’s NBA career, once called Thompson “the most influential person in my life — other than my mother.”“This is a very special opportunity for me to honor a man I love and respect,” Falk said in a release. “To do it together with Patrick Ewing, who was a dominant figure in both John’s basketball program and in my career, makes it even more rewarding.”The donation amount of $3.3 million is an intentional callback to the No. 33 uniform Ewing made famous at Georgetown. In 2011, Falk, a Syracuse alumnus, pledged $15 million to his alma mater, helping to create the David B. Falk Center for Sports Management.
00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Plunge at Fit swimming pool at Belmont Park in Mission Beach is set to reopen on Independence Day after being closed to the public for five years, it was announced Wednesday.Representatives from real estate agency Pacifica Enterprises and a group of local leaders gathered Wednesday to mark the completion of a $12 million renovation and restoration project at the pool, which closed in 2014 due to safety issues and a lack of proper maintenance. To celebrate the pool’s impending reopening, nearly a dozen children dove into the 400,000-gallon pool during the ceremony.“The Plunge at Fit in Belmont Park is a beloved landmark for Mission Beach residents and the entire city of San Diego,” said San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. “It has long been a place for children, families and neighbors to exercise and make memories together, and this restoration ensures that many more generations of San Diegans can enjoy that same experience.”The Plunge at Fit opened in 1925 as the Natatorium, a 60-by-175-foot saltwater pool at the Mission Beach Amusement Center. In 1940, the salt water was replaced with fresh water and the pool was dubbed Southern California’s largest indoor heated pool. Earlier this decade, the pool fell into disrepair, prompting Pacifica’s three-year restoration.Pacific Enterprises consulted with the city’s Historical Resources Board and the Save Our Heritage Organization to include historical touches in its redesign of the pool like replicas of its original archways and pool tiles. The Plunge also features floor-to-ceiling glass walls, a retractable roof and a dining deck attached to the pool’s renovated beach house.“The community of Mission Beach is very excited to finally see the Plunge re-open its doors again,” said Mission Beach Town Council President Matt Gardner. “Pacifica and Belmont Park have been great at keeping our community appraised of this project’s progress and evolution with visits and updates at our Mission Beach Town Council general meetings.”The pool will open for public use on the Fourth of July at noon and will remain open to the public daily from noon to 5 p.m. Residents can purchase day swim passes on-site at the pool’s north entrance. Day passes start at $15 for adults age 18-65 and $12 for residents under age 17 and over 65.Information about pool rates and rentals as well as photos of the redesigned pool and the original Natatorium can be found at plungesandiego.com.KUSI’s Dan Plante was in Mission Beach with the details. July 2, 2019 Dan Plante, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter History Repeats Itself!!! In This Case, That’s A Good Thing. “The Plunge” Is Getting Ready For The “Grande Reopening” At Belmont Park In San Diego. First Opening Day-1925. Preview Tonight On KUSI. pic.twitter.com/wANEPUbtmh— Dan Plante (@DanPlanteKUSI) July 2, 2019 Updated: 4:07 PM Posted: July 2, 2019 Dan Plante Belmont Park’s Plunge Pool reopens after 5-year closure