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  • Wednesday, November 16, 2016
    Ground broken on BSSLC athletic complex
    The Brenham State Supported Living Center broke ground Tuesday on a new sport complex which supporters say will enhance the lives of the facility’s residents.
    The project is being funded mainly through a $500,000 donation from The Woodlands businessman Larry Lawson to BSSLC’s Volunteer Services Council.
    Lawson’s sister Hazel was a client at BSSLC for 25 years.
    Lawson said at Tuesday’s groundbreaking that he decided to make the donation in recognition of his sister’s treatment there.
    “They treated my sister graciously,” he said. “I’m so grateful for this school and what it has meant to me and my family.
    “I’m thankful that God has given us the ability to do something like this, and I will continue to work with the Volunteer Services Council.”
    Lawson said that when he was beginning his career as “a young hotshot business guy in Houston, I thought the world was my oyster.”
    “But I didn’t realize what the world meant to me until I became involved with my sister here at Brenham State School (the facility’s former name),” he said. “And the more I got involved with her and the other clients here — because they almost became brothers and sisters as well — I became so aware of the importance of Brenham State School, not only to me and my family but to hundreds of families throughout the state of Texas and beyond.
    “I’m grateful to Brenham State School and the people here. And I hope and wish that I will have the opportunity to give more to the school.”
    The adaptive sports complex will include a multipurpose synthetic turf field that will be specially equipped and custom designed to allow players utilizing wheelchairs and walkers to move unrestricted without fear of injury during activities like baseball, football and soccer.
    It will be open to participants through the Miracle League and other organizations serving children and adults with special needs.
    State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst of Brenham, who along with state Rep. Leighton Schubert (District 13) also spoke at the groundbreaking, thanked Lawson for his donation, calling it “an investment.”
    “When you put your money to work at a place that will bless the lives of so many ... thank you,” Kolkhorst said. “I say often in the Texas Legislature that this is a special place. I believe that with my whole heart.”
    Schubert said the complex will be a “wonderful” addition to BSSLC.
    “We continue to raise the bar here,” he said. “Our goal is to make this the premiere facility in the state of Texas — and we can’t do that without community involvement.”

    Source: Brenham Banner-Press