Kids Inc. to build multi-million dollar sports complex

On Tuesday, Kids Inc. announced it will construct a multi-million dollar athletic complex south of Loop 335 between I-27 and Coulter Street. Land for the project was donated by Rockrose Development.

“We are so grateful to Matt and the team at Rockrose Development for working with us to make this vision a reality. 

"This generous donation is not possible without the vision and commitment of Suzanne Attebury Boyce. Suzanne and her family have a long history of providing generous land donations for schools and churches over the years and she is very excited about this partnership with Kids Inc. 

"The gift of this property provides us an opportunity to approach this as a privately funded venture. We invite all who understand the real need for quality youth sports facilities to join in and help us bring this state-of-the-art sports complex to the Texas Panhandle," Kids Inc. President & CEO Jimmy Lackey said.

“Phase One” of the new project will consist of a $30 million outdoor complex with around 60 acres of lighted synthetic turf sports fields. 

“Kids Inc. has been the premier sports organization in our community for more than 75 years. We are pleased to provide this land and we are very excited about the vision Jimmy Lackey and his team have planned for this property," Rockrose Development Vice President Matt Griffith said.

Other organizations involved with this project include youth baseball, softball, soccer, adult senior softball, Amarillo College, and West Texas A&M University.

Amarillo College will benefit from the complex as well. A baseball field included in the complex is expected to allow the revived Badger Baseball program to have a permanent practice field. The college has also been invited to use the outdoor complex for intramural programs.

“We are thrilled to be included in this much-needed facility. This wonderful facility gives us a first-class place to practice daily. Having this turf field for practice is also a great recruiting tool," Amarillo College Athletic Director Mark White said. 

“Phase 2” of the project will consist of an indoor facility with a track, basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts. Officials from West Texas A&M University Athletics are helping design the indoor facility.

“The availability of additional basketball and volleyball courts will give us the chance to not only use it for our programs, but the facility will provide additional court rentals for local club teams, while adding new court inventory space for existing youth basketball and volleyball tournaments.

“We also have a tremendous partnership with the Alex O`Brien tennis foundation. The indoor facility will provide tennis and pickleball enthusiasts another place to practice their skills in an indoor setting," Lackey​ said.

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