Construction begins on new indoor sports center for youth and adultsby Pima County News on Oct. 22, 2012, under children, Economic Development, Health, Parks & Recreation, Pima County, Southern Arizona, Sports, Tourism, Tucson, Uncategorized, youth
A new indoor sports center on the Northwest Side could have sweeping importance to thousands of kids in the coming generations who will have greater access to sports activities, said Hall of Fame Coach Lute Olson.
Olson spoke at the Oct. 19 groundbreaking ceremony for the 40,000 square foot Southern Arizona Community Sports Center, supported byPimaCounty, the nonprofit Southern Arizona Community Sports,TucsonMedicalCenterand other community sponsors.
When construction wraps up in about eight months, it is expected to provide five basketball courts and eight volleyball courts to meet demand for space for organized team and individual sports activities.
“There is nothing more needed in this community, in my opinion, than an indoor facility where kids can get inside a safe environment and play basketball or volleyball or other indoor sports,” Olson said.
“We need something like this very, very badly.”
She also lauded the private-public partnership, saying it is a fiscally prudent way to ensure broad support, while also addressing community health needs such as obesity and cardiovascular health.
“If we are going to move forward, it is very much like a team sport and we all have to work together to be successful,” Bronson said.
Don Tringali, the founder of Southern Arizona Community Sports, said the project isn’t about finding the next Sean Elliott, of Arizona Wildcats fame. Instead, it is about improving the wellbeing of the community, including the surrounding Flowing Wells neighborhood.
“We know from studies that have been done that kids involved in youth sports at an earlier age have much better health results, they’re more likely to graduate high school, and they’re much less likely to engage in drug and alcohol abuse,” Tringali said. ”There are many positive impacts that go along with involvement in sports.”
The project is also supported by a host of community organizations, including the Tucson Conquistadores, the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation and Sporting Chance Youth Basketball. To find out more, please visit http://soazcommunitysports.org