As their dream youth sports facility comes to fruition in Norman, Oklahoma, Trae Young and his family continue to support the community with their efforts.
Earlier this year, The Trae Young Family Foundation, made its first $200,000 donation to the construction of the Young Family Athletic Center, to which they have pledged a total of 4 million over the next several years. The project is a collaboration between TYFF, the city government’s Norman Forward initiative and Norman Regional Health System to raise a total of $42 million for the facility.
“It is a multi-sports center $42-million project funded through the Norman forward initiative,” said Jason Olson, the Director of Parks & Recreation for the City of Norman. “Trae Young’s family had a $4 million donation go into the project which gets us to that $42 million dollar. Also, inside that project Norman regional gave about $7-million to build a sports performance center that goes right in the middle of it.”
In addition to the gymnasium, which will have eight basketball courts and 12 volleyball courts overlaying the basketball courts, the facility will feature two pools, and two locker rooms, concession stands, restrooms, offices and a retail space. But perhaps the most impressive feature will be the two-level performance center developed by Norman Regional Health System, known as NMotion.
Once completed, the facility will be one of the most state of the art youth and recreational sports facilities in the nation, likely to bring folks from all over to the city and boost revenue for local businesses.
“We found a great place in town, we have 600 hotel rooms in walking distance. We are on the north side of town, and I think between serving our own youth and the youth sports tourism market this is going to be very successful,” Olson said. “When you’re talking about social interaction, recreational opportunities, it is very important for our youth and we are going to have one of the best places in the nation right here in Norman.”
The facility is scheduled to open next Fall.