Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy Celebrates With Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for New Tiger Athletic Complex
By Space Coast Daily // October 25, 2020
Holy Trinity Grad Marcus Maye Gives Back to School That Launched His Football Career
Holy Trinity officials and supporters celebrate a historic milestone with the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Tiger Athletic Complex
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Less than one week after making what was called “the interception of the year” by ESPN, New York Jets safety Marcus Maye announced that he has made a sizable gift to his high school alma mater, Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, in Melbourne.
His donation will fund the “Marcus Maye Strength and Conditioning Center” at Holy Trinity’s new Tiger Athletic Complex.
Maye graduated from Holy Trinity in 2012 and went on to play football at the University of Florida.
He was drafted by the New York Jets in 2017 and inducted into the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame in 2018.
The independent school conducted a ribbon-cutting Friday morning to officially open the new complex, which is now the premier high school athletic facility in Brevard County.
The $5.5 million Tiger Athletic Complex includes the latest generation NFL-quality artificial turf field featuring CoolPlay technology; a Plexitrac athletic track surface; and a 13,000-square-foot athletic center featuring home and visitor locker rooms, concessions, restrooms, trainer facilities, a conference room, and fan plaza, as well as the 2,000-square-foot strength and conditioning center.
Maye’s namesake training facility is equipped with top-of-the-line Sorinex equipment that will be used by student-athletes across multiple sports as well as by junior high and high school students who take physical education classes.
Maye is known for giving back to the Space Coast area where he grew up.
The Marcus Maye Foundation held its inaugural Maye Day event in 2019, offering a free, all-day event in which children were invited to train with NFL players. The foundation also works with low-income and homeless populations.
Funding Holy Trinity’s strength and conditioning center is yet another way Maye says he can help ensure that student-athletes have the opportunity to realize their potential, in mind, body and spirit.
“I didn’t know 12 years ago when I walked onto this campus my life would change for the better,” said Maye.
“While at Holy Trinity I learned about determination, passion, and effort. I learned about having the willpower and mindset to achieve anything you put your mind to. It’s great to know that Holy Trinity families and supporters are investing in the future of our student-athletes and I’m proud to be a part of that effort by donating funds for the strength and conditioning center.”
Maye earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida the same weekend he was drafted, fulfilling a promise to his mother to complete his college education.
While Maye could not attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony in person, his family was there to represent him, including his mother, Beverly Maye; grandmother, Elizabeth Spivey; older brother, Shawn Maye; and sister-in-law, Whitney Farmer.
Other major donors to the Tiger Athletic Complex include Kelly Automotive Group, for whom Kelly Stadium is named, and the Shah family, for whom the Shah Family Athletic Center is named.
More than 90 families have donated funds to build the $5.5 million facility.
The school receives no tax-payer dollars, nor funds from the state or the Episcopal diocese.
“We are thrilled to officially open the Tiger Athletic Complex today, thanks to the generous gifts from Kelly Automotive Group, the Shah family, Marcus Maye, and all of the many Holy Trinity families who stepped forward to support our mission to educate the whole child – mind, body and spirit,” said Katherine Cobb, president of Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy.
“It is especially meaningful to name part of this beautiful facility after one of our own graduates, who started his football career here and went on to live his dream in the NFL. It truly speaks to our motto of ‘Start Here. Go Anywhere.’”
Eighty-six percent of Holy Trinity students participate in athletics, and every student participates in physical education from preschool through junior high.
An average of 14 percent of Holy Trinity graduates go on to play collegiate athletics, competing in the Ivy League, Southeastern Conference, PAC-12, Big 12, and Olympic development programs, as well as the NFL and LPGA.
In the 19 years since the creation of the Upper School athletic department, Holy Trinity has won more than 167 state, regional and district athletic championships.
The school offers 13 sports (21 including boys/girls options) and 50 varsity, junior varsity and junior high athletic teams, as well as 10 Lower School extracurricular sports options.
The Tiger Athletic Complex represents the school’s largest capital expansion since the construction of the 850-seat Scott Center for Worship and the Performing Arts in 2005.
Catherine A. Ford Field was completed in 2001, marking the last major addition to Holy Trinity’s athletic facilities. Holy Trinity’s Upper School was constructed in 2000, while its Lower School has been in place at its historic Melbourne location since 1957.
Phase II of Holy Trinity’s capital campaign will commence in fall 2021 with the goal of constructing a multistory classroom building to house 21st-century learning programs focused on collaboration and innovation.