Sussex Sports Center Foundation

Our Mission

The Foundations’s mission is to build, operate and maintain a first-class multisport center in the middle of Sussex County for the citizens of Sussex County of all ages to enjoy.

The Vision

Our vision is to promote a community involved in healthy pursuits through sports and outdoor activities.  We want to foster team sports which promote a social network for children and adults, different from their school or neighborhood friends.  Our view of the future reveals more interaction and respect for all parts of Sussex County who get to know one another by being frequent users of Sussex Sports Center facilities.

The Sussex Sports Center Foundation (SSCF) was incorporated in Delaware on January 24, 2017 as a non-profit, charitable entity under section 501-3 organization. At that time, SSCF was governed by a Leadership Committee of approximately 14 members. Our purpose was to decide if a sports complex could be designed and built on land on the east side of Georgetown that would be made available as a donation to the SSCF. The original plan was to build 8 athletic fields suitable for soccer, lacrosse and field hockey for use by some of the Sussex County's youth sports clubs and a walking trail for the public. During the summer of 2017, we were approached by the First State Pickle Ball Club and asked to consider adding as many courts as possible. We were also approached by several physical education teachers/track and cross country coaches from Beacon Middle School and Sussex Central High School asking the SSCF to consider modifying the walking trail to also be a regulation 5K cross country course. SSCF had the land to add these new features so the design was modified accordingly.

Being Governed by its By-Laws and controlled by its Board of Directors. The board of Directors consists of 14 individuals

  • Joseph Schell, Lewes resident, retired from financial career
  • Bobby Horsey, Laurel resident, Principal of David G. Horsey and Sons
  • Zac Crouch, Milton resident, Bowen Davis and Friedel, Inc.
  • Preston Schell, Rehoboth Beach resident, Owner, Ocean Atlantic Cos.
  • Steve Burke, Lewes resident, financial officer of Dentsply Sirona
  • Darren Short, Georgetown resident, Captain, Troop 7, DE State Police
  • Bill West, Georgetown resident, Mayor of Georgetown
  • Tim Willard, Lewes resident, Lawyer with Fuqua, Willard, Stevens & Schab
  • Stephanie Parker, Milton resident, President of Henlopen Soccer Club
  • Alison Castellanos, Georgetown resident, Delaware Tech instructor
  • Brian Pettyjohn, Georgetown resident, State Senator
  • Tony Sposato, Lewes resident, CEO of Sposato Landscaping and Irrigation
  • Tim Bamforth, Teacher and Coach, and President of the Seashore Striders
  • Dennis March, Berlin resident, Co‐ Founder of Saltwater Lacrosse Club

The Board will look forward to adding two Directors selected by the Sussex County Council shortly after a contract has been executed between the County Council and SSCF. The Board has elected the following officers of SSCF:

  • Joseph Schell, President and Secretary
  • Bobby Horsey, Vice President
  • Steve Burke, Treasurer

The Sussex Sports Center (Center) will be a park facility with public access for anyone wishing to use its many facilities or just enjoy the open space for a leisurely walk. The Center will be open to the general public during the daylight hours with parking and access free of charge. In addition to eight grass fields, the Center will offer plenty of sunshine, fresh air and open space. Given the quality and quantity of the facility, it will be a grand bargain for its users and the county.

The center will also be home for many of Sussex County's growing youth and adult athletic clubs. Due to the recent explosion in youth athletics, the County needs a recreational facility of this size and quality. With its success, the Sports Center will become home to several of the County's active clubs such as Henlopen Soccer and Saltwater Lacrosse.

The Foundation will employ or contract with two or three individuals to manage, market and maintain the Center on a daily basis.

The Foundation has begun fundraising with some success and will intensify fundraising once the Foundation and the County Council have signed a contract.  The Board of Directors of the Foundation will be actively involved in soliciting tax deductible contributions from the Sussex County business community, individuals and families, Delaware foundations and governmental entities.  The initial effort over the next year will seek capital gifts to help fund the construction of the facilities.  It is expected that revenue generated from dues payments from the athletic clubs, summer skills camps, and special events will be sufficient to meet the maintenance and operational expenses of the Center.  However, the financing plan has included the creation of a reserve fund of $550,000 to cover any operation losses incurred during the first few years of the operation.

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