Yakima Valley's championship-level indoor & outdoor sports complex
To have a world class multi-sports complex that delivers an innovative experience in a clean, safe, and fun environment.
To inspire and encourage our youth and community through participation in sports.
A Big Reason We're Doing This?
The healthy youth survey shows that Central Washington youth continue to participate less in daily PE classes and spend more time with “screens”. The decrease in daily PE has grown from 37% to 46% for 8th graders in our county. The percentage of these same 8th graders who spend at least 3 hours a day in front of a screen has increased from 53% to 59%. One of our key objectives will be to improve these statistics in a positive way by providing a state of the art sports facility that currently does not exist in the county. In fact Central Washington has just one turf field and our facility will house 4 turf fields with safe filler.
Obesity is another concern for our youth today. In 2012, about 10 percent of Washington 8th, 10th and 12th graders were obese based on self-reported height and weight; another 13-14 percent were overweight. Males were more likely than females in all secondary school grades to be overweight. Getting kids active early in organized sports will teach them that physical activity, being part of a team, learning skills, and spending less time away from "negative recreation" (unhealthy food choices, too much intake and too much screen time). begin the lifelong goal of healthy living.
Our Vision: To inspire and encourage our youth and community through participation in sports.
Our Mission: To have a world class multi-sports complex that delivers an innovative experience in a clean, safe, and fun environment.
SOZO Sports of Central Washington is a 501 c3 Non-profit Corporation established to bring a family oriented, Championship Sports Complex to Central Washington. We will be in partnerships with many, but not directly affiliated with any sports club or sports organization. SOZO will provide the facilities for these clubs, organizations and players. Our focus includes recreational, select, premier and regional programs as well as bringing Major annual tournaments to the Valley starting in 2016. We will also look to bring new experiences to our valley through great sports like lacrosse and rugby, offering them a safe place to play and express themselves as well.
This is a "No Child Left Inside" movement, where SOZO is a home for every player. We envision our Complex becoming a community hub, where families connect not only through sports, but also with the local businesses and sponsors that support us. SOZO is setting a new standard, offering the most comprehensive youth sports opportunity in Central Washington. Thank you for taking the time to check us out. These are exciting times. We look forward to seeing you on the pitch!
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