Capital Campaign

Otto Graham Gymnasium and Activity Center

About the Project:

Waterford Country School is engaged in a gymnasium and activity center building project in honor of the late Otto Graham, one of the NFL’s greatest quarterbacks with the Cleveland Browns, football coach, Athletic Director of the Coast Guard Academy, and above all, an invaluable supporter of Waterford Country School. For many years Otto and his family lived in Southeastern Connecticut while he was Football Coach and Athletic Director at the United States Coast Guard Academy. During that time Otto and his wife, Beverly, became integrally involved with WCS. Beverly served on the School’s Board of Trustees and Otto was the first President of the Waterford Country School Foundation, a group organized to help raise funds to build a new campus.

Otto Gym

The gymnasium features a full size basketball court with retractable backboards, half court basketball courts with backboards and an elevated stage at one end, an exercise room with strength conditioning equipment, boy’s and girl’s bathrooms with lockers, seating area on the side court with retractable bleachers, entry/lobby area, athletic/recreation office and storage spaces.

Creating Reality From a Dream

Today, the reality of the gymnasium is quickly moving forward. With the help of friends, our students and the community will soon be able to enjoy the use of this facility. The Otto Graham Gymnasium and Activity Center will be the first facility anywhere to be named in Otto’s honor. The Graham family has stated that they find it particularly appropriate that a school gymnasium bear Otto’s name, given his lifelong interest in coaching and mentoring young people.

Turning a Dream into a Legacy

“I can’t imagine a more fitting legacy for Otto’s humanitarian spirit than to be showcased in an atmosphere where the sounds of children’s laughter and good cheer echo in the rafters,” said Beverly Graham. The entire Graham family and many of their friends are assisting the School in raising funds needed to build the Otto Graham Gymnasium. We invite you to add your support and help us make Otto’s dream a reality turning a dream into a legacy.

How you can help

Your generous contribution will help turn Otto’s dream into a reality. Each year hundreds of children will benefit from your gift. To learn more about this project or giving opportunities please email