Pennsport’s Edward O’Malley Athletic Association will soon receive major upgrades thanks to nearly a quarter million dollars in state grants.

State Representative Elizabeth Fiedler made the announcement April 5 before a women’s basketball game at the Edward O’Malley Athletic Association at 144 Moore St.

“I am very happy to bring back these state dollars to help improve the MOE, which plays a very important role in the lives of so many children, youth and adults in our community,” Fiedler said. “Ensuring there are safe and healthy spaces to play, socialize and relax is extremely important, and repairing the roof and installing air conditioning will help make this arrive.”

The $229,000 state grant will be used to repair the gymnasium roof and install air conditioning in the gymnasium and meeting room. The community center provides athletic, educational and social activities to many residents of the Pennsport and Whitman neighborhoods. The club takes its name from Edward O’Malley, a neighborhood humanitarian who sought to increase socializing opportunities for young people. The EOM Athletic Association has been in existence for over 60 years.

“We have over 700 kids who come through EOM every year,” said Fran Kelly, president of the EOM Athletic Association, who started coming to EOM when he was 10 and has been involved with the organization ever since. 50 years. “It means everything to them. This money will help us continue the tradition. Improving our air conditioning means our children won’t sweat all summer.

Local families gathered in the lobby to celebrate the announcement with pizza and soda.

“I really appreciate Rep. Fiedler bringing this money back to Pennsport,” said neighborhood resident John Murawski, who runs the nonprofit Personal Health, Youth Sports, Education & Development. playing EOM when I was 5, my kids are coming here, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.