The Ann Kathryn Schmidt Kickin’ It Clubhouse is becoming a realityby Andy Morales on Aug. 09, 2013, under Sports
I met Ann Kathryn Schmidt many years ago when my daughter Brittney and her daughter Savanna played on the same softball team when they were very, very young. Savanna went on and switched sports to soccer and became one of the best ever produced by Catalina Foothills and the Tucson Soccer Academy (TSA).
After leading Foothills to three state championships, Savanna earned a spot playing for Chapman College.
Ann and her husband Ted had already suffered the tragic loss of their first daughter Tara in the late 1980′s which led them to start the ” Have a Dream Scholarship” in her name. Ann, being a former teacher in Sahuarita, displayed some of her resilience and nurturing by continuing to be a leader in the Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts and then a team manager for the Tucson Soccer Academy.
Ann passed away in January of 2011 after a long battle with breast cancer but her memory continues to live on through her work in her various organizations. It was a suggestion from George Cook of Pima County while he was walking through the Brandi Fenton Memorial Park with Ann that presented her husband with an opportunity to have a more physical and lasting remembrance of his wife.
Although the “Young House” is listed as part of the historical Binghampton area along River Road, the County had used it to store shovels until Cook suggested to Ann that TSA take the house and fix it up for her soccer club.
Former Pima County Supervisor Ann Day took the lead on the project along with Jon Fenton and the plan became a reality as long as the Academy could bring the Young House up to code. Their reward was a 20-year lease at no cost for the clubhouse.
The Clubhouse will be renamed the, “Ann Kathryn Schmidt Kickin’ It Clubhouse” in Ann’s honor. The groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday evening but I was given an early tour of the facility.
The Clubhouse will have a fitness center with help from former University of Arizona and Indianapolis Colt linebacker LaMonte Hunley. Hunley’s daughter Devyn will be playing soccer at Arizona this fall. Also aboard for the ride is the renowned interior designer Lori Carroll.
According to Ted, there will also be lockers, a conference room, computer room, kitchen, offices and a wellness room. It will be a major addition to the successful TSA program and to the county.