Del Paso Heights Sports Complex
Youth sports is an important identity and a part of daily life in the Del Paso Heights neighborhood. Unfortunately, poor health rates and academic under-achievement is also a part of daily life. Using sports as the attraction, the Mutual Assistance Network and many partners are launching a comprehensive education and health initiative in Del Paso Heights that includes three important phases: 1) Reclaiming Robertson Community Center; 2) Operation of the College Sports Academy; and, 3) Construction of a Sports Complex for financial sustainability.
Reclaiming Robertson Community Center
Once a vibrant part of Del Paso Heights, the Robertson ceased operating as a community center in 2007. In 2016, the Mutual Assistance Network, Del Paso Heights Community Association, Robertson Family Development Center and Strawberry Manor Neighborhood Association formed a partnership to reclaim the Robertson for the neighborhood. With the assistance of Council member Allen Warren and City of Sacramento Parks and Recreation, Mutual Assistance Network was able to obtain the lease for operation in October 2016.
Home to the College Sports Academy, the Robertson Community Center now hosts events, activities, classes and is again a destination for healthy, fun and activities.
College Sports Academy (CSA)
A unique venture between Mutual Assistance Network, local youth sports leagues, health organizations, teachers and many more, CSA is an education and health program that uses sports as the draw. (Use this link to learn more: http://www.mutualassistance.org/college-sports-academy/) Tired of watching their children struggle academically, with noticeably poor health, 260 Del Paso Heights youth were signed up in the first 60 days. Daily the youth receive comprehensive academic assistance by certified teachers, STEM activities, recreation and fitness activities, sports academies, and art. Ultimately, the CSA strives to move youth into college and to a healthy adult life.
The Mutual Assistance Network is proposing to build a three baseball field, three soccer field complex on vacant land surrounding the Robertson Community Center. The complex will be home to the CSA and local youth sports, plus host regional tournaments on weekends. The proceeds will support the Robertson Community Center activities and maintenance of the complex.
This project has the ability to greatly improve the education and health of youth, along with the economic infrastructure of the neighborhood.