YOUNGSTOWN — With an ambitious future mapped out at Cardinal Mooney, endings are just beginnings.

More one year ago, efforts began to come together to install a new track and field on the school’s campus. Now, on Monday May 13, that work became a reality when ground was officially broken on the new facility.

“This new field and track is evidence of the might, and powerful impact, of the Mooney Family,” Cardinal Mooney president and principal, Nick Beyer, said.

Beyer outlined the overall process that led to the ground-breaking. It’s part of a strategic planning initiative, which began with input from thousands of people including parents, students, faculty, staff, and other members of the Cardinal Mooney community. This formed the vision of the Cardinal Mooney Strategic Plan.

Points identified in the Strategic Plan became part of the Mooney Forward Campaign, which will facilitate capital investments for the creation of a STEM space for Engineering and Biomedical classes, and to grow Cardinal Mooney’s endowment.

The first area of these strategic goals was the new field. Andrew Moody, president of Cardinal Mooney’s board of directors, thinks this is the first step in a larger endeavor.

“This is just the start of what will be a very transformative part of Cardinal Mooney’s history,” he said.

Cardinal Mooney has always embraced its role in the community. An Advent Christmas celebration trick-or-treats, and other events have all been held to serve the surrounding neighborhoods. The new field and track will present even more chances to host more flag football leagues, 7-on-7 football tournaments, and other events.

“It’s going to be a great opportunity for years to come — not just for Cardinal Mooney —but
also for the Southside of Youngstown,” athletic director, and head football coach, Carl Pelini, said.

The project is underway and will take approximately 12 weeks to complete. Stay connected with Cardinal Mooney on Facebook, Instagram, and X for news and updates.