Liberty weight room

Representatives from CEMEX present head football coach Ryan Partridge with a check for $10,000 to help pay for renovations to the Liberty High School's weight room in Brentwood, Calif., April 9, 2019. (Tony Kukulich/The Press)

Global building materials company CEMEX is well known for providing products for building foundations. The company’s recent act, however, will create a different type of foundation for Brentwood’s Liberty High School.

CEMEX’s $10,000 donation to the Lions Athletic Boosters Club lays the groundwork for the school to procure fresh equipment for its new weight room.

“We need to fill that weight room with something, and thankfully CEMEX came through with some money,” said Liberty High School Athletic Director Ryan Partridge.

The donation will cover a portion of the estimated $50,000 in equipment costs. Weightlifting classes and sports squads will utilize the facility, expected to be built under the stadium’s stands.

“CEMEX is deeply rooted in California, and we are passionate about building a better future in the communities where we live and operate,” the company said in a statement provided to The Press. “We wanted to show support for the Brentwood community and Bay Area by helping build a better future for students at Liberty High School.”

The future center will be a boon to the campus, replacing an admittedly old, rickety center housed inside a double-wide trailer situated an inconvenient distance from where Lions sports squads practice — which, at times, involves weight training.

“With a new facility, we hope it will motivate students to take the classes, motivate students to get in the weight room more and stay healthy,” Partridge said.

CEMEX officials said they strive to better the communities they serve, and are pleased with Liberty’s decision to use the funds for the weight room.

“We are thrilled with the idea because it will help each student athlete at the school and can free up money for other purposes,” the company’s statement read.

Partridge said the center could open as soon as September, although the school is still seeking funds to fill the room’s remaining needs.

“We don’t want to go cheap on something brand new,” he said. “It can easily be $100,000. It can be less if we do less, or more if we do more.”

Anyone interested in donating to the cause can email Partridge at partridger@luhsd.net.

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