District 7 has been fortunate to have received many donations for its athletic facilities from the EGHM Foundation and other local organizations and families. The entire Edwardsville High School Sports Complex is an example of the volunteer efforts of hundreds of booster club parents and donors to provide our students with superior athletic facilities.
Specifically, the Jon Davis Wrestling Center and the Chuck Fruit Aquatic Center are examples of buildings constructed through local family donations.
In 2009, the Mestamacher family funded the $3.5 million construction of the Jon Davis Wrestling Center which serves not only EHS wrestlers but also local wrestling organizations that serve youth in this community. Their restricted donation also included the establishment of an endowment that supports the ongoing maintenance needs of the building.
In 2014, the Fruit family made a $4 million restricted donation that, in conjunction with donations from the EGHM Foundation and other private citizens, paid for the cost of constructing the Chuck Fruit Aquatic Center. The aquatic center serves as a physical education facility for Edwardsville High School students for a basic swimming and aquatic lessons and to date, nearly 2,000 District 7 students have participated in this instruction.
Operational expenditures of the Chuck Fruit Aquatic Center are paid from the rental fees and contract agreements in place for use of the facility.
Universities such as; Lindenwood University, McKendree University and SIU – Carbondale have rented time at the aquatic center. Other organizations such as the YMCA, USA Swimming and other regional swim groups pay to use this facility for competitions. In 2016, more than thirty (30) such competitions were held at the aquatic center, bringing an estimated 4,000 athletes and their families to the local community for these events. In 2016, the revenue of the aquatic center was $154,000 and the operational costs were $150,000.