The indoor facility at the new Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex presented by Toyota will be named the Globe Life Training Center, an additional partnership that will greatly enhance the experience and programs at the Academy.
The Globe Life Training Center will be nearly 39,000 square feet. The building will house Adrian Beltre Field, which is a major league size infield; the Ian Desmond training room; Origin Bank Conference Room, four classrooms supported by the Hamels Foundation; weight room facilities, Academy staff offices, and a concession stand.
Construction on the Globe Life Training Center is expected to begin next month and will be completed in the summer of 2017.
"The Texas Rangers enjoy a great partnership with Globe Life and Accident Insurance Company," said Neil Leibman, Chairman of the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation and Chairman of the Rangers Ownership Committee. "Globe Life has demonstrated their very strong commitment to promoting the growth of youth baseball and softball programs, and we can't thank them enough for their assistance with our new Youth Academy."
"Globe Life is glad to not only help the youth of this community learn the timeless games of baseball and softball, but also provide them with a facility that will help advance their education," said Alfredo Gonzalez, Globe Life Senior Manager of Sports Marketing.
The Rangers, Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation, Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association and Dallas-based Mercy St. are partnering to build the new state-of-the-art facility, which will provide free (or reduced cost) and year-round opportunities for North Texas youth, on the 17-acre site at the intersection of Hampton and Bickers.
When totally completed, the facility will include five fields and the Globe Life Indoor Training Center. Currently, the Clayton Kershaw Challenge Field, Josh "Hambone" Hamilton Field, Field of Dreams, and the Mimi's T-Ball Field on the south side of the facility are already open and being utilized for games and clinics. In addition to the Globe Life Training Center, construction to reconfigure and enlarge Oates Field presented by Papa John's and to build the Prince Fielder Batting Cages will also start in December. The entire complex is expected to be completed in the summer of 2017.
The Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy will be available to children throughout North Texas, especially the more than 8,000 kids who live within the West Dallas neighborhood and youth from the greater Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area. In addition to providing year-round baseball and softball instruction and play, including hosting tournaments, coaching clinics and skills camps, the Academy will provide youth with access to tutoring programs, college prep classes, college and career fairs, financial literacy and internship programs, courses teaching math through the use of baseball statistics, and MLB industry alternative career workshops.
Youth also will have opportunities to be involved in drug resistance and gang-prevention programs and healthy lifestyle classes. Additionally, all Academy members and other community youth benefit from Academy facilities and programs through baseball vocational programming, such as umpiring seminars, athletic field management, scouting and player development, sports information training, and athletic sports training.
The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation will employ staff to oversee the Academy, and will work with Mercy Street and their existing programming. The Operations of the Academy will be covered entirely by the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation, which also will provide equipment, supplies, utilities and other operating costs.
Adrian Beltre, Ian Desmond, Prince Fielder, Cole Hamels, Josh Hamilton and Martin Perez as well as Rangers Hall of Famer Michael Young have all made financial donations for construction and programs at the new Youth Academy.
In February 2014, the Texas Rangers and Globe Life And Accident Insurance Company announced a 10-year agreement establishing Globe Life Park in Arlington as the new name for Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. As part of the agreement with the Rangers, Globe Life joined with the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation in its Grant Partnership Program, which annually awards grants to non-profit organizations in the Rangers' five-state territory as another means to promote the growth and development of youth baseball and softball. In the three years that Globe Life has participated in the program 21 grants have been awarded to deserving organizations.
Globe Life And Accident Insurance Company has been serving the life insurance needs of American families since 1951. Globe Life has more than four million policyholders and more than $72 billion dollars of life insurance in force. The company is the second largest insurer of ordinary life insurance policies in the U.S. since 2003.