Pierre Desir Cuts the Ribbon to a New Fitness Future at FHC

Posted on 10/16/2019
Pierre Desir stands with student athletes in new fitness center

“Thank you, Pierre! Thank you, Pierre!” chanted the group of student-athletes as FHC alum and NFL player Pierre Desir entered the school’s shiny new fitness center for the first time. Desir generously donated $185,000 to FHC earlier this year as a thank you for all their support in his education and football career. The money allowed the high school to build a state-of-the-art fitness center and weight room that the entire FHC school community can use. The old equipment will be put to good use at Saeger Middle School.

Pierre Desir kicks off the fitness center open house with a ribbon cuttingFHC followed Pierre’s donation with a thank you of their own on Friday, Oct. 11. The school gathered for an open house, and Principal Dr. Sonny Arnel and Activities Director Scott Harris presented Desir with a plaque highlighting his accomplishments. “We just want to thank Pierre and his family,” shared Dr. Arnel. “It’s an incredible gesture that inspires our kids and our teachers. It reminds them that what they do matters, and it inspires them to continue to pour into our students.”

After the presentation, Pierre was invited to kick off the official opening of the center with a ribbon-cutting. As the FHC community members filed into the new weight room heads scanned from left to right in amazement as they admired the slick new equipment and bold designs on the wall.

“It’s amazing,” shared Desir. “It’s definitely something that I’m proud of. I love all of the detail that was put into the room.” The weight bars and plates are decorated with FHC and Spartan symbols. The side walls are lined with encouraging words, while the back wall displays pictures of current student-athletes representing every FHC sport.

New fitness equipment sits in front of wall displaying "No Matter How Bad, Don't Quit"The room is full of symbolism and most importantly, FHC pride. When one enters the facility, they notice images of the FHC pep assembly on the entrance walls. The assembly features King Leo and a crowd of students as they participate in the roller coaster cheer. “You’re walking into our student body cheering you on as you enter the fitness center,” said Dr. Arnel.

The design reminds students who they are as Spartans, but it also reminds them of who they can be after they graduate. Near the entrance, there is a mural dedicated to Pierre Desir that displays his career timeline from his experience at FHC through his start with the Indianapolis Colts. The inspiring art can be a form of motivation for students as they work towards their goals in their education and future, just as Desir once did.

Pierre Desir signs autographs for MAC Scholar studentsWhile at the open house, Desir signed autographs and took pictures with the community. He even took time out of his busy schedule to eat lunch with the MAC Scholar students. He shared his experiences and what helped him to get to where he is today. MAC scholar and basketball player Aria Lynch commented on how she was star-struck meeting Pierre. “Having someone who went here and was in the same place as me is really cool. He’s a real person. He’s had injuries like I have. He’s had hardships like a lot of people and is still finding a way to persevere through it and give back,” shared Lynch.

That evening, Desir went back to his old football field where it all started and attended the FHC game against Troy-Buchanan. He was presented with his high school jersey and welcomed by a crowd of cheering and thankful fans. “Just to be able to go back to high school brings back so many great memories,” shared Pierre. Thanks to Pierre’s generous donation, the students at FHC have an incredible new fitness center that will help them make great memories of their own!

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