Shakopee, MN

The City of Shakopee utilizes over 100 athletic fields for youth sports programs with almost 5,000 athletes

Abdi Isaaq

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SHAKOPEE, MN — Summer is getting closer and that means youth sports programs are going to begin in Shakopee. The city operates more than 100 athletic fields for soccer, lacrosse, softball, baseball and many more. The Parks and Recreation Department and Shakopee School District are working together to schedule the fields.

Shakopee’s fields are popular among youth sports associations. There are many youth leagues that target Shakopee as a preferred location to host events.

“The fields we utilize around Shakopee are well maintained, and the staff in charge of upkeep are a pleasure to work with,” said Ryan Thorman, Shakopee Youth Lacrosse Association president. He also added that he has direct contact with the crew if there's something that needs to be fixed or changed.

This year, youth sports associations are expecting almost 5,000 youth athletes. They will be competing in four major tournaments. Also including parents, siblings and grandparents, there will be more than 15,000 people expected to visit Shakopee this summer, providing great support to Shakopee hotels, restaurants and businesses.

Tom Schleper, Shakopee varsity baseball coach, said the out-state teams love to make it a weekend with all the entertainment venues in the area, and he schedules back-to-back games Saturday, so the teams have time to enjoy other options in the area as well.

Aside from that, the most important is the impact of youth sports on kids. This event will help them build important life skills and stay active.

“I think the value of youth sports has never been higher,” said Dan Deitzel, president of Shakopee Youth Soccer Association. “Having kids back outside to enjoy the game is so beneficial right now for kids and families,” he added. Those benefits will be shown all summer in Shakopee.

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