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FSW unveils new basketball, volleyball court design

SOUTH FORT MYERS, Fla. — The look of basketball and volleyball is coming into focus at Florida SouthWestern State College.

The school unveiled the design for the court at Suncoast Credit Union Arena, the soon-to-be home for the revived Buccaneer teams on the south Fort Myers campus.

The FSW Sports Information Director Michael Hill designed the court. There are aesthetic and environmentally friendly aspects. FSW used approximately 40,000 pieces of maple for the floor, and “33 tires were diverted from a landfill,” a press release said.

FSW incorporated elements of school spirit within the design process including a Buccaneer– the school’s mascot– “Florida Southwestern” and “We are FSW.” An additional component contains four palm trees, paying homage to the school and the city’s slogan.

FSW Athletics Director Carl McAloose said he looks forward to seeing new court in use.

“I believe with the people, climate and beautiful surroundings we are all fortunate to be living in paradise and our court design reflects that. We live in the ‘City of Palms’ so we feel that the palm trees are appropriate and unique to SWFL,” McAloose said.

The school, once known as Edison, dropped its athletics program in 1997 but has gradually relaunched sports over the past few years.

Students and spectators alike will soon have the opportunity to see the new court in use for the men’s and women’s 2016-2017 basketball season openers. The women’s team tips off at 6 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 29 against Hillsborough Community College and the men’s team follows at 8 p.m. against Broward College.

For more information about FSW’s athletic programs, visit the website at www.fswbucs.com.

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