Groundbreaking Oct. 19 for new space aimed at indoor youth sportsby Pima County News on Oct. 19, 2012, under children, Community Development & Neighborhood Conservation, Economic Development, Health, Pima County, Southern Arizona, Sports, Tucson, Uncategorized, youth
A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Friday, Oct. 19 in preparation for a new indoor sports facility that will soon allow youth and adults a chance to play basketball, volleyball and other athletic activities without sweltering in the summer or shivering in the winter.
UniversityofArizona Hall of Famebasketball coach Lute Olson will be on hand to talk about the importance of the Southern Arizona Community Sports Center. The center recognizes the need to provide expanded social and wellness opportunities for youngsters throughoutPimaCounty, but particularly in the Northwest and in the nearby Flowing Wells area, where 67 percent of district schoolchildren qualify for free or reduced lunch.
The event will take place at 2:30 p.m. at the facility grounds, which are located at La Cholla and River roads, adjacent to the baseball fields atPimaCounty’s Curtis Park.
The state-of-the-art, 40,000 square-foot Southern Arizona Community Sports Center will accommodate up to five basketball courts and eight volleyball courts to meet demand for space that can accommodate organized team and individual sports activities.
The project represents a unique public/private partnership betweenPimaCountyand its partnering organizations, including Southern Arizona Community Sports andTucsonMedicalCenter. The project also has received substantial financial support from the Tucson Conquistadores and Sporting Chance Youth Basketball, Inc.
The nonprofit Southern Arizona Community Sports will staff and manage the complex. The Board of Supervisors approved the 10-year operating agreement in August.
“Not only will the Center be an important resource for our youth, it will be a landmark that we will all be proud of,” said Don Tringali, founder and executive director of Southern Arizona Community Sports. “We look forward to more businesses and individuals becoming part of the team to help the Center reach its full potential.”
When the facility opens in summer 2013, courts will be made available at low cost, with priority given to organized programs such as youth league play and tournaments or to schools and other community organizations that need indoor space for wellness activities.
“This facility builds on local initiatives designed to promote positive activities for youth and improve community health,” said Pima County Supervisor Sharon Bronson, who represents the area. “Meanwhile, partnering with other organizations provides a fiscally responsible way to ensure children have improved access to team sports.”
TucsonMedicalCenteris the exclusive health partner for the Southern Arizona Community Sports Center. Its newly created Community Healthcare Benefit Foundation of Pima County will fund the construction.
“TucsonMedicalCenter’s commitment to health goes beyond hospital services to include overall quality of life for the people of Southern Arizona,” said Julia Strange, vice president, Community Benefit,TucsonMedicalCenter. “We have been indentifying opportunities to collaborate with others to make health and recreation facilities accessible to more in our community and the Southern Arizona Community Sports Center accomplishes that objective.”
The project has received broad community support, including significant contributions from the following organizations and individuals:
Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation
Crest Insurance Group
April and Jon Fenton
Farhang & Medcoff, Pllc
Fiesta Bowl Charities
Ludwig, Klewer & Co., LLP
MacBan Law Office
Nova Home Loans
Odyssey Luxe Travel
Tohono O’odham Nation
TucsonOrthopaedic Institute –
Dr. John Wild & Dr. Jesse Wild