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Local Nonprofit Donates to Shaver Gym Renovations

THIBODAUX, La. — The Lorio Foundation donated over $175,000 to renovate space on the Nicholls State University campus for more socially distanced classrooms.

The Thibodaux-based nonprofit donated $177,000 for a new heating and ventilation system in Shaver Gym. Named for former Nicholls student Richard Shaver, the gym has undergone a transformation this year to hold classes and St. Thomas Aquinas Mass during the COVID-19 pandemic. During the summers, Shaver Gym is also used by Colonel Campers.

โ€œThis is a historic building on the Nicholls State University campus, and we believe this donation will benefit the university as they work toward their mission,โ€ said Cam Morvant, chairman of the Lorio Foundation. โ€œWe are always looking for ways to help make Nicholls a better educational institution for the students.โ€

For 23 years, the nonprofit named for former Thibodaux letter carrier Lloyd Lorio has donated more than $3 million to improve facilities on the Nicholls campus. Projects they have contributed to include the resurfacing of tennis courts, renovating the steps at the Donald Bollinger Student Union, buying a new playground at Little Colonelโ€™s Academy and building a pavilion at Ayo Pool.

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