Gift will fund ‘Dorothy’ floor

Dorothy Garrett Coliseum will be seeing some new renovations soon. Thanks to a gift of $70,000, from Mike and Sheila Abussab of Abusaab Companies — local owners of Sonic restaurants — the Jirous Foundation and Winters Family Foundation, the coliseum floor will be replaced. “We are thrilled to be able to make this upgrade to the coliseum,” Dr. Cheryl T. Sparks, Howard College president, said. “As this facility is used by the entire community, I know everyone will see a benefit from these generous gifts.”The original tartan floor was constructed in 1978 and has been used for a number of different events, including circuses, motorcycle performances, Chamber events, indoor football, health fairs and of course, Hawk basketball. “The original intent when it was constructed was not only for it be used by the college, but as a multi-purpose facility for the community,” Sparks said.The gift will be used to purchase and install a 17,100-square-foot Pulastic FLE over-pour gymnasium flooring surface. The decision for the floor came after more than a year of researching different possibilities and ways of addressing the problem presented by the aging floor. The new floor is expected to last 30 years or longer “The original floor has been a great floor, but it has begun to age and with this overhaul it will be restored to its original look,” Sparks said. “Our original floor has served us well in the coliseum, but through the generous support of Mike and Sheila Abusaab, the Jirous Foundation and the Winters Family Foundation, this new floor will provide a much-needed upgrade and will make the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum an even better facility as we move forward,” Sparks said. The Harold Davis wood floor, donated by the Dora Roberts Foundation a few years ago, will still be used for basketball games, according to Sparks. Contact Staff Writer Amanda Moreno at 263-7331 ext. 234 or by e-mail at