The Junius Ward Johnson Memorial YMCA in Vicksburg,
Mississippi has been serving Vicksburg, Mississippi since 1923. The historic
structure was built and gifted to the citizens of Vicksburg by Fannie Willis Johnson
as a memorial to her late husband, Junius Ward Johnson.

Last year the YMCA started a $4 million renovation project to
upgrade the existing building and build a new gym for basketball, pickle ball, day
camp programs, and other activities.

Although the project brings many new opportunities to the
local community, adding a gym to an historic building can also bring some
unique challenges.

“We had to be careful about how we accessed the site and not
to disrupt any of the existing building,” said Tania Hahn, president of Hahn
Enterprises, a New Orleans-based Draper® gym equipment dealer. “We needed to
avoid any possible damage to the original building and also allow it to still
be used by the local community.”

To help with easier and safer site access, and because of
the attachment height, Draper provided bolt-together versions of our TF-20
forward folding basketball backstops for the main court.

To make the best use of overhead space, the side courts were
provided with bolt-together versions of the TF-20S backstop, which has a bent
main stem, so less room is needed over the volleyball and other courts. Height
adjusters were also provided to allow for multiple age groups.

The facility is designed for multiple uses, so the
basketball backstops can be raised up to the ceiling when required and a Combination
Volleyball System brought in.

Draper and Hahn also outfitted the gym with EcoVision™ wall
pads to make it as safe an environment as possible.

“We were pleased with the way this project turned out,” said
Hahn. “And, as the mayor said, ‘we hope that as a result of [the new gym] no
child who wants to attend our summer day camp or holiday camp will be turned

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