September 17, 2021

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Youth sports group to takeover Mitchel Field gym

The NY Youth Sports Network will be the new tenant at Mitchel Field’s Navy Gym, which will undergo extensive renovations. 

NYYSN, a nonprofit that specializes in the advancement and development of children through sports, particularly in disadvantaged communities, has committed to operating and funding the estimated $2 million in renovations to the gym, which will now be called “The MAC,” short for Mitchel Athletic Center. 

The agreement between the county and NYYSN includes upgrades to the existing gym by the new tenant, as well as construction of a new field house for additional basketball and classrooms as well as a separate indoor turf field, according to a county statement. The work is expected to be complete within the next 12 months. 

In addition, NYYSN, will pay the county $100,000 annually and will have the option to extend their 15-year lease an additional five years. The county will also share in naming rights and sponsorship opportunities with the tenants. 

As part of the agreement, the county will have free use of gym facilities during select hours, a free week of summer camp for children under 14, free registration for all in-house leagues for residents under 16, and sports scholarship opportunities for eligible youth athletes. 

NYYSN will use the facility as a hub for their AAU Urban Initiative, which seeks to develop healthy relationships between local law enforcement and at-risk youth in underserved and minority communities through sports. 

“With this much-needed transformation, we are continuing three important commitments: get neglected County infrastructure in top-notch condition, enhance services for veterans and youth, and keep County finances in check,” Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said in the statement. “I am confident NY Youth Sports will create an exciting community hub and provide quality opportunities for not only the military families that live at Mitchel Field but for Nassau’s many aspiring youth athletes, particularly in underserved communities.” 

Thomas Rossi, managing director of NY Youth Sports Network, said the gym will be transformed into a top-notch, multi-sport facility. 

“Our shared vision with County Executive Curran will provide adolescents and young adults a safe environment to participate in a variety of youth sports programs and the opportunity to make friendships and create lasting memories.”

Youth sports group to takeover Mitchel Field gym