Youth finally have a unique sports environment to learn and grow. Impact Sports Academy is new basketball, volleyball, and Quick Start tennis facility in University Place. Formerly operating as the Fircrest Tennis Club, the renovated facility is located at 2818 69th Ave. West in University Place.
The underlying vision behind the facility is to provide youth of UP and surrounding neighborhoods in Fircrest, Tacoma, and Lakewood a safe-haven and positive environment to learn, develop, and cultivate their potential. Camps, clinics, and after-school programs place an emphasis on individual growth while learning the value of teamwork, dedication, and commitment. Fitness and sports is also offered to adults and seniors.
With a deep history in education and athletics, IMPACT Sports Academy owners (Michael and Laurie Williams, Michael Dougherty, Derik Kumagai) have a mission to provide quality opportunities for young people to become strong in fitness, academics, and attitudes so they will forever be strong in life. For more information about Impact Sports Academy, gym usage, programs, and employment, please contact Director Andy Nelson at (253) 301-0057, or visit our website www.impactsportsacademy.net.
Our after school program for teens and youth (with college athlete volunteer mentors…currently, we have UPS basketball players) provides a two-hour daily program (half hour of academic support, half hour of fitness, and an hour of multi-sports training).
We are starting a stroller aerobics class (get in out of the rain). This is a fabulous time for mom, dad, grandparents, or caregivers to get challenging aerobic exercise while bonding with baby….no participants yet, but a fabulous idea and a great workout….fun for baby too.
Quick Start Tennis is a brand new USTA (United States Tennis Association) program. All 10 year olds and under across America will now play on small courts (can be gym floors) with smaller nets and equipment. There will soon be a new infiltration of interest in tennis. This Quick Start tennis will also be great for all ages, adults and seniors (not as much chasing balls)
Instructor and volunteer needs:
Impact Sports Academy is looking for enthusiastic, skilled instructors who are interested in developing day-time programs as well as coaches and volunteer mentors for youth.
We (Michael and Laurie Williams) got into this venture because (upon our return from 9 year overseas), we couldn’t find athletic programs for our teen sons. As educators (long history of teaching and administration in University Place, Auburn, Puyallup, and Shanghai), we know that the teen years are the time of the largest physical and brain development since infancy. Teens need more activities and opportunities, but with budget cuts, there are fewer programs to serve all youth. Many young people’s athletic development stops if they don’t make the junior high or high school teams. Everyone should have opportunities to continue their growth in physical skills so that they can be lifelong participants in fitness.
So when the opportunity came up to purchase the building, we jumped at the chance to serve youth and the community. With the help of a newly-graduated New York University economics major (Derik Kumagai) in search of his first job, we put together a business plan and started down the long road of securing bank loans. Key Bank was instrumental in holding our hands and walking us through the process.
We were fortunate to connect with Andy Nelson (long history in coaching) to serve as our Director, who works together with Derik Kumagai, in making the new facilities are growi in its service to youth and the community.
We had to be a for-profit entity in order to secure our several bank loans; but because our mission is to serve all youth (especially those without funds), we have started Impact Youth Foundation 501c3 for our youth programs. For example, we have had some “walk-in” high school students who need academic support in order to graduate or participate on their school teams. We are able to exchange help in school and fitness with help working in the gym to provide service to these youth in need. Our goals are to eventually have a bank of computers (so students are not having to use our office computer) and plenty of scholarship funds to help families in need of academic and fitness support.