WESTFIELD, IN—Duke Energy is teaming up with Westfield Youth Sports, Inc. (WYSI) and Grand Park on a youth scholarship program. This new partnership will allow WYSI to expand its existing scholarship program and can include the purchase of sporting equipment, when needed.
Duke Energy has been a sponsor at Grand Park since 2016 and earmarked a portion of their support for a youth scholarship program to serve families in their service area.
“Youth sports are a virtual classroom, teaching qualities such as teamwork and perseverance,” said Mark LaBarr, Duke Energy’s community relations manager for Hamilton County. “We’re glad to give kids who might not have the resources a chance to participate.”
“It’s wonderful that Duke Energy shares our philosophy that our youth are our community’s most important asset,” said Westfield Mayor Andy Cook.
WYSI’s existing scholarship program covers registration fees for children who without this financial assistance would not be able to participate. The WYSI Scholarship Program provides opportunities to area youth to participate in recreational team sports because of the physical, mental, and character-building benefits these activities provide.
“WYSI is very excited about this partnership with Duke Energy,” said Michael Good, WYSI Vice President. “Our ability to offer scholarships is a critical part of our success and aligns directly with our mission. Duke’s involvement will have a positive impact on our athletes.”
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About Grand Park Sports Campus
Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana, is a destination like no other. The thoughtfully designed 400-acre Grand Park Sports Campus features 26 baseball and softball diamonds, 31 multipurpose fields for soccer, football, and lacrosse. The Grand Park Events Center is now open, featuring three full-sized indoor soccer fields, a restaurant and administrative offices. The Jonathan Byrd’s Fieldhouse indoor basketball/volleyball facility opened in January 2016. Grand Park also features an abundance of green space and more than 10 miles of pedestrian/bicycle trails, including the largest trailhead on the Monon Corridor.
More than 1 million sports visitors are expected to participate in or attend tournaments and events at the Grand Park Sports Campus on an annual basis, making the surrounding area a prime location for economic development. The master plan outlines approximately 1,400 acres of land available for residential and commercial development, including hospitality (hotel, restaurant and retail), mixed-use, life science and corporate office uses.
Visit GrandPark.org for more information, follow us on Twitter (@GrandParkSports) and Facebook (Facebook.com/Grand-Park-The-Sports-Campus-at-Westfield).