TMC to fund new indoor youth sports complex

Former University of Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson, center, speaks during the groundbreaking for the Southern Arizona Community Sports Center at Curtis Park on October 19th, 2012. Photo by Pima County Communications Office

Tucson Medical Center announced that it would fund the construction of a new indoor sports facility at La Cholla and River Road. The 40,000 square-foot facility will allow youth and adults to play basketball, volleyball and other athletic activities year round.

The plan was publicly announced during the groundbreaking ceremony held on Friday.

“Tucson Medical Center’s mission expands far beyond the hospital walls. A recently completed community health needs assessment showed that cardiovascular disease, stroke and diabetes are among the top killers in our community and with the rising obesity rate, that will continue,” said Julia Strange, vice president, Community Benefit, Tucson Medical Center. “We wanted to impact that in a real way and this is one way for us to do that.”

University of Arizona Hall of Fame basketball coach Lute Olson was also in attendance to speak about the importance of the Southern Arizona Community Sports Center–which recognizes the need to provide expanded social and wellness opportunities for youngsters throughout Pima County, but particularly in the Northwest and in the nearby Flowing Wells area, where 67 percent of district school children qualify for free or reduced lunch.

“Believe me, there is nothing more needed in this community in my opinion than an indoor sports facility where kids can come play sports in a safe place,” stated Olson. “This has been a wonderful thing and it is great to see all of the various people who have stepped up. It is great news that TMC is stepping up big time for this.”

The project is a unique public/private partnership between Pima County and its partnering organizations, including Southern Arizona Community Sports and Tucson Medical Center. The project also has received substantial financial support from the Tucson Conquistadores and Sporting Chance Youth Basketball, Inc.



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