The region’s most comprehensive youth sports training facility celebrated a new partnership today.
CroppMetcalfe Services inked the naming rights deal at the Evergreen Sportsplex south of Leesburg—a move the family-owned company said reflects its mission of giving back to the community.
Evergreen owner Chris Avery opened the center three years ago by offering youth sports and practice fields. He has expanded the complex to include a stadium, an events center and a team-building adventure course, as well as four FIFA-certified artificial turf fields.
“To be have the opportunity to partner with Evergreen and a facility as beautiful and as nice as this and also to be able to do it in Loudoun County was an opportunity that we just could not pass up,” President Tim Cropp said. “Part of our corporate mission is to give back to our communities and not just to donating money to be involved in the communities, but to be deeply involved.”
Evergreen Manager Chris Bourassa said the facility provides the resources needed for top athletes to reach the next level, but the sportsplex is about more than sports.
“If you aspire to be a college athlete or a professional athlete, if you come here and train here with these coaches and these facilities and use our classrooms and meeting rooms, we’ll give you every opportunity to you would want,” Bourassa said. Not all kids are going to realize a career in sports, but they’ll learn about leadership and build character during their time at the sportsplex.
“It is really all about developing these kids,” he said. “What we’re really doing at the working level is trying help these kids, because, if we do that, everything will take care of itself.”
“We look forward to many, many years of great sports here and to the development of young men and women to be future leaders of our community,” Cropp said.
CroppMetcalfe will be part of that effort for the next three years. Under the terms of the deal, the facility will be called CroppMetcalfe Park at Evergreen Sportsplex and include CroppMetcalfe Field and the CroppMetcalfe 5-Star Sky Lounge.
The sportsplex is located on 44 acres at 19623 Evergreen Mills Road and is expected to exceed 500,000 annual visitors in 2016.