Monday, February 3, 2014

GWTIDA and Cape Christian Academy Team Up to Complete New School Gymnasium Facilities

For the price of just ONE DOLLAR, the Authority donated 
a historic basketball court floor to the Academy


When Cape Christian Academy in Cape May Court House, NJ reached out to the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA) to see if they wanted to donate a basketball court floor no longer being used by the Convention Center to the school’s new gymnasium, the reply was a resounding “Yes.”

"There was a need and we were able to fulfill that need. We were more than happy to donate the Convention Center’s unused basketball court to this local school and its students,” says GWTIDA Executive Director and CFO John Siciliano. “We hope they get many years of good use out of the court for their students,” he added.

This floor became available when the Convention Center received a brand new floor from a generous donation by the Wildwoods Chapter of the Byrne Foundation during the Battle at the Boards Basketball Tournament, part of the Boardwalk Basketball Classic week-long co-ed high school basketball tournament held at the Convention Center each December.

The donated floor itself has quite the history. First installed at the original Philadelphia Civic Center, it was the stage for the Philadelphia 76er’s and such Basketball Hall of Famers as Wilt Chamberlain and Julius ‘Dr. J’ Erving prior to the team moving to the Spectrum.

The floor was shipped to the Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall in the early 1990s where it was used sporadically and remained until 2002 when it moved permanently to the newly built Wildwoods Convention Center.

Once installed, this historical floor will now be the home court of the Cape Christian Academy Cougars. The CCA’s new mascot, the Cougar, made his premiere appearance on January 20 when more than 25 volunteers transported and carried the sections of the floor into the CCA gymnasium.

Smeltzer and Sons Feed and Supply graciously donated their flat bed truck and front loader to transport the floor from the Convention Center to the gymnasium.

For additional information about the Cape Christian Academy, visit

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit or call 800-992-9732.


About the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority

The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA) was formed in 1993 to consolidate the tourism economy of its three founding municipalities: Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood. The Wildwoods have won numerous travel and tourism awards, heralding the resort for its beaches, boardwalk and attractions.

The Wildwoods’ Morey’s Piers was named in 2014 among the Top 10 Piers by Coastal Living. In 2013 the Wildwoods were also recognized as one of the Most Awesome Boardwalks in America by; as the Favorite Shore Town by Delaware County Daily Times readers; as the Favorite Beach and Boardwalk by readers; the Top Family-Friendly Beach Town by; and as One of America’s Top 10 U.S. Tourist Towns by families voting in FamilyFun magazine. They were also named “Best Beaches in New Jersey” in the 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2008 Top Ten New Jersey Beaches public survey, sponsored by the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. Wildwoods’ beaches were also named “Best Beach for Family Vacations,” “Best Beach for Tourism,” “Best Beach for Events,” “Best Beach for Eco-Tourism” and “Best Beach for Day Trips” in the same surveys. The Wildwoods were named #1 Boardwalk in the nation by in 2012; and Smarter Travel also named the Wildwoods Boardwalk, one of “Americas Best Boardwalks.” The 2012 list of “15 Destinations on the Rise” for TripAdvisor included the Wildwoods, and voted the Wildwoods one of “Americas Top 10 Scenic Seasides of the Summer.” In addition, the Wildwoods were voted “Best Town” in the 2009 and 2011 PHL-17 Philly Hot List, Jersey Shore Edition contest; and were one of Sherman’s Travel’s “Top Ten American Boardwalks” for two years in a row.

The Tourism Authority operates the Wildwoods Convention Center and acts as the island’s destination marketing organization overseeing the development, research, planning, marketing, advertising, promotion, public and media relations encompassing the tourism, meeting and convention industry in the Wildwoods. Additionally, the Authority funds, assists with and hosts more than 180 annual special events to enhance the visitor experience and extend the tourism season, including the Beach Monster Mash Truck Races, Family Nights On The Boardwalk, Friday Night Fireworks, the New Jersey State Barbeque Championships and Anglesea Blues Festival, Classic Car Shows, the International Kite Festival, Irish and Italian Festivals and the National Marbles Tournament, among others.

For more information about the Wildwoods, contact the GWTIDA at 800-WW-By-Sea (800-992-9732) or visit its web site,

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