Santa Fe Family Life Center to Operate Young Family Athletic Center | Education


The City Sentinel, staff report

The Santa Fe Family Life Center, an Oklahoma City institution known for the diversity and inclusiveness of its programming reaching athletes of all levels, will operate a new 125,000 square foot multi-sport facility in Norman as part of the mandatory Norman Forward adopted in 2015.

“In Santa Fe, our mission is to improve the health of Oklahomans by providing sports and fitness programs for people of all abilities,” said Josef McGuigan, Chairman of the SFFLC Board of Directors. . “By expanding our operations to this new location, we hope to triple the impact of our charitable programs.”

When completed, the $34 million Young Family Athletic Center will house 8 basketball courts and 12 volleyball courts, as well as space for pickleball and futsal. The facility will also include an indoor aquatic center, with a 25-yard X 8-lane competition pool, where high school and local club teams are expected to train and compete.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the Young Family Athletic Center was held July 21 in Norman, with community leaders in attendance and participation from SFFLC staff and board members.

A state-of-the-art, two-story human performance and sports center, operated in partnership with Norman Regional Health Systems, will complete the project.

At its original location off NE 63rd and Broadway Extension in Oklahoma City, SFFLC is already known in the area for its youth adaptive sports programs which SFFLC plans to expand to Norman.

“Once the Young Family Athletic Center opens, we will be able to provide opportunities for more young people in our community by hosting larger basketball and volleyball tournaments as well as swimming competitions, and we are delighted,” said SFFLC Executive Director James Timberlake. “We are even more excited to bring tailored sports programming to Norman. Watching our adapted athletes play ball is inspiring, and we expect wheelchair basketball to be important in Norman.

The Oklahoma City location in Santa Fe is already home to Trae Young Elite Youth Basketball – something Timberlake and the Young family plan to expand to the Normandy facility. Trae Young, the mega-star professional basketball player, had an exciting night at the Skinz League exhibition game at the SFFLC on Monday, July 26, scoring the winning bucket at the buzzer.

In April, Rayford Young, Norman resident and father of Trae, said, “We are very excited to be participating in the Young Family Athletic Center in Norman. We love this community, and we also love basketball and volleyball. Our family has had a great partnership with the Santa Fe Family Life Center over the past few years, especially when it comes to philanthropy and athletics. This will be a one-of-a-kind facility, and we want it to impact the youth of our community for years to come.

NOTE: Patrick B. McGuigan, Editorial Director of The city sentry, contributed to this report. He is a former member of the SFFLC Governing Council and remains involved in the institution’s programs.

Left to right, Trae Young with his parents, Rayford and Candice. Photo: Young Family Foundation. Photo provided


From left, proud father Rayford Young with son Trae at the grand opening of the Young Family Athletic Center in Norman on July 21. Photo provided.

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Board members, staff and volunteers from the Santa Fe Family Life Center joyfully participated in the grand opening of the Young Family Athletic Center on July 21. Photo provided.


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