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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.

“This 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,” said Cam Morvant, chairman of the Lorio Foundation. “We are always looking for ways to help make Nicholls a better educational institution for the students.”

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 Colonel’s Academy and building a pavilion at Ayo Pool.

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