New Rec Center Opening for Youth in Rochester
When the YMCA in Rochester, Minnesota closed, a question that many individuals asked was, "Where do the kids go now?". A lot of people were asking the question, and honestly, it didn't seem like anything new would really be there for the youth until just a few months ago.
Sports Mentorship Academy Grand Opening on February 18th in Rochester
The dream to bridge academics and athletics with sports became a reality in Rochester, Minnesota in 2008 when Sports Mentorship Academy was started by Reverend Andre Crockett. The program for youth is known around town as SMA and typically, about 50 to 60 boys are part of this program each year.
When I worked at the Rochester Area Family YMCA, I remember this group blocking time off in the gym and utilizing a ton of resources for the youth that showed up. Although I wasn't at the YMCA when the closing happened, I did wonder where the teens would go because for a town as big as Rochester, we just don't have that many resources for teens that are affordable.
Thankfully, there will be a space now.
Sports Mentorship Academy will be opening its new location at 40th Street NW in the old Gage East Gym. The grand opening is going to be held Saturday, February 18th from 11 am until 1 pm and everyone is invited.