The Harold Schrock Syracuse Athletic Complex is set to open May 4 in Syracuse Indiana. Our Group Benefit Specialist, and President of our Syracuse office, Chris Cotton and his wife Tammy have been very instrumental in making this happen for their community. Chris is a member, on the board, for the complex and long-time Wawasee Pee Wee coach.
Plans started back in 2010 when Chris saw a need for the complex in the area. Just like most small towns, sports are huge in Syracuse, Indiana and many kids look forward to their football, baseball, and softball games each season. However, the Wawasee Pee Wee and Kiwanis baseball and softball teams did not have a place to call their own; various spaces and places were used to practice, hold games, and hold equipment for the athletes.
Having a space of their own, Cotton said, will not only provide a more centralized location, but it will also help the teams’ progress; Adding that this will help to grow the program.
This project is not only to benefit the players now, but also will encourage future involvement and instill sportsmanship for the many years these kids have ahead of them in school, Chris Cotton said.
The athletic complex will be open to the public and available for rent for private sporting events; however The Kiwanis Club, Wawasee Pee Wee and Syracuse Parks Department schedules will remain top priority for use in the complex.
The complex is located near Syracuse Elementary in Uptown Syracuse, what the general public refers to “Vega Field.”
It will be opened year round with baseball and softball in the spring, football in the fall, and use of the indoor facilities in the winter.
It seems there will be plenty of room, as the complex holds four baseball fields, two tee ball fields, as well as a football field. Inside the facility are two indoor batting cages, as well as portable pitching mounds to be utilized by pitchers in the winter. There is also a fitness track around the perimeter of the complex that will be opened to the general public.
The entire community has pulled together to get the complex up and running, Chris says it’s been neat to play at the high school seeing as the high school players were able to be directly involved with helping out. Even with the change in location, high school athletes are still encouraged to volunteer when available.
Be sure to check it out this spring! If you would like more information on this please Contact Chris Cotton. Email Chris