PC Dedicates the Blaine Center
Scores of friends, family and OPCs joined Sid and Jill Steinberg and Leigh Steinberg OPC ’14 for the dedication of the Blaine A. Steinberg OPC ’11 Center for Fitness and Performance on Nov. 14, 2015, the 129th PC/GA Day. The dedication of the Blaine Center, located in the Graham Athletics Building, began with an 11-minute workout in honor of Blaine, who wore #11 for PC. Her lacrosse and soccer jerseys now hang on the wall. Blaine died suddenly of a rare autoimmune disorder in 2014.
Head of School Darryl J. Ford opened the dedication with a moment of silence. He welcomed and thanked the attendees, “Especially, thank you to the Steinbergs for incredible work and partnership in this endeavor. This is one place among many where we will remember Blaine,” Ford said. “Blaine had a captivating smile and she pulled me in with her suggestions for improvements. This space is not just a little bit better, it is transformed. And we cannot thank you enough,” he said.
While at PC, Blaine dedicated herself to excellence on the field, in the gym and in the classroom. Blaine’s father, Sid Steinberg, thanked the community for adding their support to make the Blaine Center possible, and he spoke of joy, community and inspiration. “In this space, I see Blaine’s jerseys and I think not about the games, but the joy with which Blaine played and competed. I think about community and the importance of this room as a part of Penn Charter. Blaine never wanted to be alone, she wanted to be around people. She would want people to gather here and be together in pursuit of excellence,” he said.
Director of Upper School Travis Larrabee remembered Blaine, the joy she radiated, her quest to make things at PC, like the fitness room, better, and the conversations he had with her about pro sports, and big questions like religion and politics. Larrabee’s full remarks, wonderful in their recognition of Blaine’s character, her sister Leigh, and a story about a green lacrosse ball found on PC campus this summer, are available here.
Sid Steinberg closed the dedication by saying, “As we go forward we hope that, not just today or in two months, but for generations to come they will be inspired; that students and faculty who use this room will want to be better, to work harder. And then, when they are wrung dry, they will look at Blaine’s jerseys and say, ‘I got better today. For me, for my team, for Penn Charter.’”
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