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MAR 2017

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March 2017 18 the-art training courses and also provides risk management services to the aquatic industry. "We are very proud to have Willamalane as a member of the SAI family and that they have chosen to train their staff using our programs," said Donavan. "We also commend them for participating in the StarReview risk manage- ment audit program and believe our focus on professionalism and accountability gives our providers the opportunity to lead the industry in effective and safe programming." Jackson Hole Facility Moves Forward JACKSON HOLE, WY — A project that has been in the works since 2014 is on the brink of breaking ground, according to JHNewsand Blue Collar Restaurant Group owner Joe Rice is backing an estimated $5 million project to build a state-of-the-art indoor sports training facility. Rice plans to break up the 35,000-square-feet of space into sport-specific areas. He said he would like to sell 10,000-square-feet of space in order for construction to begin to make the complex more cost-effective. "If I sell all 10,000-square- feet of that to users, I'll break ground in the fall," he said. Plans for the complex include a 100-by-200-foot playing field, space for youth sports offices, specialty gyms and complementary uses such as a mixed martial arts studio and physical therapy practices. Rice plans to bring in Rob Karas as one of the technical directors of the facility and to run the soccer program. Karas is the president of SoccerTech. com and is also owner and president of Coerver Moun- tain West, a six-week soccer training program. Rice said Karas's experience as a soccer instructor will only help to legitimize the new facility. The facility will house much more than soccer though. The large field can accommodate up to four teams and several sports at the same time. Even a sport that often requires 400 feet of space, such as baseball, will be welcomed as batting cages will be part of the makeup. Youth, adult and rec league sports will all be welcome in the inclusive facility. Even parents involved in sports only through their children will be able to benefit from the complex. Field space in Jackson is tougher to come by each and every year, especially during the winter months. Rice said anyone in the town who likes to recreate will benefit from the building. n t SPORTS Talk

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