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Groundbreaking for new athletic center named after former UofL, NBA player

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An artist rendering of the new facility. An artist rendering of the new facility.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - New construction at a free, private, college-prep, PreK-8 school for at-risk boys signifies more than just a new building, but a new foundation for youth.

Tuesday marked an investment in children and pre-teens as community leaders held a groundbreaking on the Darrell Griffith Athletic Center for West End School. The athletic facility is named after the former University of Louisville Cardinals basketball player and NBA Utah Jazz shooting guard.

The bright, fresh 11,000 square foot facility, projected to be completed by 2014, will house a new gym, exercise room and bleachers with a capacity to seat 500 people.

"We're trying to do something great in this community, in this section of town. You always hear something bad about this community and about this area, but it's a good day today," Griffith said. "What makes it very important and special to me, is it's in the neighborhood I grew up in."

West End School's graduates prove there's success in the future - they've been offered more than $2 million in scholarships since 2005.  Previously, the building housed the Virginia Avenue Colored School and Carter Elementary School. Over the years, alumni from the school included Muhammad Ali and WAVE 3's Dawne Gee.

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