The Trae Young and Family Multi-Sport and Aquatic Facility get a $4 million donation

These stories may be getting redundant, but it’s always great news when Trae Young gives back to his community. The Trae Young family has agreed to make a $4 million donation to aid in the construction and design cost of a new indoor multi-sport facility in Norman, OK.

The former University of Oklahoma guard and current Atlanta Hawks star and his family will pay this donation out over time but will have naming rights over the facility, and involvement in the project’s design.

Young’s donation will aid in construction and design expenses to the indoor court facility and the aquatic center. These two projects will cost the city of Norman an estimated $58.8 million.

“The generous contribution of the Young family will enable the indoor multi-sport facility to be built to an even higher level of international quality,” said the City of Norman’s Chief Financial Officer Anthony Francisco. “Located within walking distance of over 600 hotel rooms, this facility will be unmatched in its ability to host statewide, regional, and national tournaments and meets. More importantly, the commitment and corporate citizenship of the Young family will inspire the voters of Norman to support the Norman Forward bond program.”

The Norman Forward project was approved by voters in 2015 with the goal of building and funding quality of life projects.

Young grew up playing at the Cleveland County Family YMCA and holds camps for the youth in the Norman and Oklahoma City areas.

Young is just 21 years old and recently completed his second year in the NBA with the Hawks. In his second professional season, Young was an NBA all-star and averaged 29.6 points per game and 9.3 assists. As his game evolves and reaches new heights, so does his stature in the community. He’s continuously giving back and serving as a leader in and around the OKC metro area. Just recently, Young organized and spoke at a peaceful protest at Andrews Park in Norman.

While some professional athletes give back because they’re advised to, Young gives back because he cares deeply for his community. From the looks of it, the Young Family Indoor Multi-Sport and Aquatic Facility will rival the Mamba Center in southern California.

Addam M. Francisco

Founder & Editor-in-Chief. National Association of Black Journalists. University of Central Oklahoma.

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