Source: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems announcement

AVON, Ohio – When the student athletes from its local schools needed a helping hand, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC was there.

The company joined with other members of the Avon community to back the development of a new athletic facility for the Avon Local School District, for use by the fast-growing Avon High School sports program and related community endeavors.

Bendix awarded a $25,000 grant spread over a two-year period to the Avon Athletic Boosters’ Project SOAR in support of the renovation and construction of a modernized facility just outside the high school stadium.

The Project SOAR team renovated the school’s existing locker room building to create a one-story, 4,400-square-foot structure housing a locker room, restrooms, coaches’ office, medical training room, and a community room. It did so with numerous grants and in-kind donations from other Avon-area entities, financial support from the school district, and volunteer efforts from the community. Bendix’s award granted the company naming rights for the coaches’ room.

Student athletes, along with their families and representatives from supporting organizations, including Bendix, recently got a sneak peek at the new facility during its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony, held in July.

Bendix is the North American leader in the design, development, and manufacture of active safety, air management, and braking solutions for commercial vehicles. It also is a member of Munich, Germany-based Knorr-Bremse, the global market leader for braking systems and a leading supplier of other safety-critical rail and commercial vehicle systems.

Following a long tradition that is central to its mission, Bendix champions a robust community giving program that invests in local organizations and projects focused on education, healthy living, and family support.

“The new athletic facility is impressive, and we are very proud to have joined with other Avon-area businesses, families, and individuals in supporting Project SOAR and its mission to further the school’s athletic program,” said Maria Gutierrez, Bendix director of corporate responsibility and sustainability. “With Bendix’s recent move to Avon, this was a project that tied both to our new community and to the local school system, establishing a connection that we hope will flourish and grow in the coming years.

“Sports are always a great way to reach youth and a perfect avenue to teach students about teamwork, discipline, leadership, and many other skills that we value as a business, so this project was a strong fit.”

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