Reporter: Dhomonique Ricks l Videographer: Daniel Heffner
Lynchburg, VA - It has been a long process but Monday was the official groundbreaking for the Jim Whorley Field House at Brookville High School in Campbell County. The ceremony honored the late Jim Whorley, a former principal at the school who tragically died after falling off a boat while duck hunting in 2008.
So far, they have raised $250,000, but they still need about 100 thousand dollars more to complete it. But the community is more than elated to begin the process to honor their friend.
"Jim affected a lot of people and touched a lot of people and I think this shows," said Brookville High School Athletic Director Larry Kidd.
Seven of Jim Whorley's close friends and family members, including his granddaughter, did the honors. Dozens came out including current and former Brookville High School students, Hampden-Sydney College alumni and Liberty High school alumni. That Includes Whorley's mother, wife, son and granddaughter.
"Brookville has a really nice community and that's one of the beautiful things about it. That's what he loved," said son Vince Whorley.
Vince Whorley says he is honored his father's legacy will live on.
"It will be a nice tribute to him," said Whorley.
This day comes as a sigh of relief for those working hard to raise money over the years to fulfill one of Whorley's visions.
"We're really happy and it's a big day for us," said friend John Vasvary.
"I'll be glad to get it started. It's always such a long process," said Kidd.
The two story field house will look like this. The top floor will be home to the main locker room, coaches office and training facility. The bottom floor will have two additional locker rooms. But organizers say they still need the community's help.
"I constantly heard, 'what can I do? Tell me what I can do.' Well here's your chance to do it. You can buy a brick for 100 dollars with your family name," said Vasvary.
You can buy a brick inside for 250 bucks or you can purchase a locker. School officials say they hope to have a construction crew on the property to start the project August 6th.