Shane Victorino Nicetown Boys & Girls Club

  • Year Completed: 2011
  • Location: Philadelphia, PA
  • Material: Regupol® Aktiv™ and Robbins Pulastic®
  • Project Type: Gymnasium and Rubber Floors
  • Area: 11,400 sq. ft.

About this Project

The Nicetown Boys & Girls Club of Philadelphia was anything but “nice” when it caught the eye of former MLB All-Star and Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino and his wife, Melissa Smith. The facility, located in an impoverished area of the city, was 105 years-old and looked every bit its age. Victorino, affectionately known as the “Flyin’ Hawaiian” by teammates throughout his career, established the Shane Victorino Foundation (SVF) in 2010. Dedicated to promoting opportunities for under-priviledged youth, SVF has developed a long-term relationship with the Boys & Girls Clubs in Victorino’s home state, Hawaii. After moving to Philadelphia in 2005, Victorino was pleased to bring his philanthropic passion to his new community.

To meet the daily demands of play, the SVF knew the Boys & Girls Club would require the most reliable sports surfacing. That’s why SVF contacted Abacus Sports and Regupol America. Regupol, the inventor of recycled rubber flooring for sports and athletic surfaces, teamed up with Abacus to supply a full flooring solution for the new facility. “We’ve been supporting the Boys & Girls Club for years and the fact that this facility was in nearby Philadelphia left no question. We were happy to support them however we could,” said John Aten, Regupol Vice President of Sales.

Regupol contributed more than 9,100 square feet of Regupol® Aktiv™ recycled rubber sports flooring to the facility and 2,300 square feet of Regupol Shock Padding for the cushioning under the gym flooring. Abacus installed Regupol’s rubber flooring, as well as a Pulastic® synthetic basketball court. 

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