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‘The Den’ upgraded

Alissa Widman Neese • Nov 8, 2013 at 11:30 AM

A substantial donation from a former Cedar Fair executive will soon change all that.

Former Cedar Fair CEO Dick Kinzel and his wife, Judy, recently donated money to install a state-of-the-art digital scoreboard, three video cameras and other equipment in “The Den,” St. Mary Central Catholic High School’s gymnasium.    

The 6-by-24-foot scoreboard will display video replays, statistics and graphics. Kinzel, school alumni and Brady Sign Company project manager Ryan Brady are all involved in the project.

Kinzel, who attended a Catholic school while growing up in west Toledo, has long been an advocate of Catholic education.

“My wish is that this gift will ultimately be used to promote Catholic education in our area,” Kinzel said. “The athletic teams will benefit, but there is a whole support mechanism for operating and working the system that will be a great learning tool for students in a variety of disciplines.”

Sandusky Central Catholic School will debut the system at the first varsity boys basketball game Nov. 29 vs. Tiffin Calvert, said Melody Curtis, its president. The girls play Nov. 30 vs. Huron.

The display will also complement non-athletic events held in “The Den,” such as assemblies, music performances, art shows and Masses, Curtis said.

“To witness the difference these gifts make to our students and facilities is inspiring,” Curtis said. “Judy and Dick Kinzel’s commitment to Catholic education and this school is truly amazing.”

Curtis declined to reveal the amount of money Kinzel donated, but she said “it’s substantial.” Because Sandusky Central Catholic School is not funded by tax dollars, it is not required to release information about finances or donations.

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