.@KyrieIrving paid for a complete renovation of the gym, locker room and weight room at his Alma Mater @patrickschool and the team just saw the lockers pic.twitter.com/t5AN56Fw5K— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) January 6, 2018
The gym renovation included the installation of banners honoring former coach Kevin Boyle and the many players who starred at St. Patrick’s and then The Patrick School. That group includes current and former NBA players Irving, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, DeAndre’ Bembry, Sam Dalembert and Al Harrington, as well as former players like Shaheen Holloway, Corey Fisher, Mike Nardi, Nick Richards (Kentucky), Jamir Harris (Minnesota) and Marcus McClary (Monmouth). “A lot of great players have played here,” Chavannes said. “They’re not even aware of the fact that they’re names are raised up there. The person who started this all was Kevin Boyle and he’s not even aware of the fact that his banner’s up there. So I’ll always be forever grateful not only to Kyrie and all the alumni who played here, but to Kevin Boyle who started the program. We will never, ever forget that. If it wasn’t for him, we wouldn’t be here now.”
.@KyrieIrving renovated the weight room at the @patrickschool and the team is Seeing it now pic.twitter.com/OiOv3NUaj3— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) January 6, 2018
There were also new pairs of Kyrie 4s and Celtic t-shirts waiting in the locker room.
The new @KyrieIrving Gym at @patrickschool has banners for Kyrie, Kevin Boyle, Mike Gilchrist, Shaheen Holloway, Nick Richards, Corey Fisher, Mike Nardi, Al Harrington and more.They are the first and only ‘Kyrie School’ pic.twitter.com/mGfxnoqKRP — Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) January 6, 2018
The players were overwhelmed with the gifts and renovations.
At Patrick School where Kyrie Irving has rebuilt his alma mater’s gym and locker room. Here’s what’s waiting for the players in the lockers: Kyrie 4s and special Celtic t-shirts #NJhoops pic.twitter.com/gSovutwhp1— Jeremy Schneider (@J_Schneider) January 6, 2018
“I want to say thank you to Kyrie for all this stuff. It’s very beautiful.” senior Valdir Manuel said.Said senior guard Justin Williams: “It’s unbelievable to know that coach came from not even having a building to having something done like his by Nike is absolutely amazing. It shows that [Irving] is someone that really truly cares. There are guys who go to a collegiate program or whatever and you never hear from them again. And then for him to come back, play with us and do this, unbelievable.” The Patrick School, led Richards, the Kentucky freshman center, won last year’s New Jersey’s Tournament of Champions title. Irving also paid for the tuition of a Patrick School student, Spencer Joyner, an eighth-grader who was diagnosed in last November with pseudotumor cerebri, a debilitating condition that results in migraine headaches and can cause vision loss.