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South YMCA to add indoor fields for soccer, flag football, lacrosse

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Sep. 13, 2013, at 8:34 p.m.
  • Updated Saturday, Sep. 14, 2013, at 9:04 a.m.

The Greater Wichita YMCA announced Friday that it will add indoor turf fields for soccer, flag football and lacrosse to its South campus.

The facility is expected to open by Sept. 1, 2014; ground-breaking should occur this fall.

The group’s spokeswoman, Shelly Conrady, said she knows of no other Y facility like it in Kansas and wonders whether it might be the first Y center of its kind in the nation.

It means that soccer, flag football and lacrosse games can be played year-round, in spite of the weather, the Greater Wichita YMCA said.

The new facility, which will be added to the Richard A. DeVore South YMCA campus near I-235 and South Meridian, will cover 65,000 square feet and will allow up to six games to be played at a time, the group said.

The fields will be covered with a synthetic material made to minimize injuries partly because it has “more give,” Conrady said. The new center also will feature a concession stand, lounge/viewing area and conditioning studio.

The expansion is being funded partly by a “generous gift from Dr. S. Jim Farha,” the group said in a news release. The expansion will be called the YMCA Farha Sport Center Indoor Fields.

YMCA officials also announced Friday it was launching its Active Kids Initiative this fall. If a child participates in two sports at the YMCA, they can play a third sport at no cost as long as the three seasons are all played within a 12-month time period.

YMCA officials said in a news release they expect to give away at least $140,000 in free recreational sport programs to help keep an estimated 3,500 kids active year-round. The effort is an attempt to combat childhood obesity, which officials said declines markedly in children who play on three sports teams.

Learn more about the Active Kids Initiative at www.ymcawichita.org/activekids.

Reach Tim Potter at 316-268-6684 or tpotter@wichitaeagle.com.

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