Community News: For the Family That Plays Together

By Scott Melesky

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Find facilities and training for athletes of all ages at Sports Academy. PHOTO COURTESY SPORTS ACADEMY

Kid athletes and their parents are used to being separated, with the kids off to their practice and programs and Mom and Dad off to the gym. Sports Academy, which opened in Newbury Park in May, aims to change that.

“We are here for the athletes of all ages and abilities,” says Chief Executive and former Kansas State football player Chad Faulkner. “Our parents get to train at the same time and same facility that their children do.”

The academy is home to five basketball courts, multiple batting cages and pitching mounds, a 5,000-square-foot turf field, five volleyball courts, two sand volleyball courts, fitness studios for yoga and cycling training, a biomechanics lab and private workout areas. It includes a sports medicine facility with a full-time medical staff.

Sports Academy is designed for toddlers to senior citizens at any athletic level. The facility features individualized and group coaching in baseball, basketball, soccer, futsal, volleyball, beach volleyball, lacrosse, cycling and track and field. For ages 2 to 5, the Active Kids program specializes in improving physical and social skills through play and experimental learning.

For elementary school to high school athletes, Sports Academy provides a variety of different levels of sports instruction. Individualized mentoring, local club, traveling and league teams are offered to kids in nine different sports. Kids can get individualized academic tutoring and SAT and ACT prep to excel in the classroom.

“We focus on training the athletes’ mind, body and spirit,” says Faulkner. “Our facility focuses on improvement and empowerment of the athletes. We want to deliver that in a personal way.”

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