Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Foundation Reveals Plans for $55M Chesterfield Sports Complex

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Foundation Reveals Plans for $55M Chesterfield Sports Complex

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ST. LOUIS * Two well-known St. Louis donors on Thursday committed to chipping in $6 million over the next two decades to the foundation spearheading efforts to build a youth sports complex in Chesterfield.

Jeanne Sinquefield announced the donation from her and her husband, Rex Sinquefield, to the BASE (Baseball And Softball Education) Foundation for an education hub at what is being called the POWERplex. The hub would bear the couple's name.

"We're happy to fund the Center for Human Development, but those are fancy words. We want to do more than sports," Jeanne Sinquefield said. "We want to have an invention lab, teach chess and music, and you can have Scouting you could do lots and lots of things."

Jeanne Sinquefield announced the couple's link to the sports complex at an event at Ballpark Village to release new details on and donors to the project.

The Chesterfield City Council in January approved a development agreement and ground lease for the complex on land just east of the city's Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex. Work on the $55 million youth sports and education facility is slated to begin next year.

Other donations announced Thursday included a $500,000 contribution from Cardinals Care. An auction led by nonprofit executive Dan Buck raised thousands more. Buck said he believed the new facility will be "a place that will transform lives."

The roughly 74-acre POWERplex campus would include dual sports domes, multiple turfed fields and educational facilities.

"This isn't just a sports megaplex," St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of the project in a news release. "A major component will be the Sinquefield Center for Human Development, a state-of-the-art education facility where thousands of young athletes will receive BASE training."

BASE is defined by the project's backer as "a comprehensive curriculum program that teaches character and life lessons through classroom instruction using sports situations and real-life scenarios. …

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