Avera Health has a new game plan when it comes to treating and training young athletes in the area.
Wednesday, Avera Health announced it’s planning to add on to its the new Avera Health Campus on Louise with a multi-million dollar/multi-use facility.
The Avera Human Performance Center is going to build something this region has never seen before.
“This is going to be huge, this can’t be found anywhere in the Midwest really, I mean we have sports facilities and we have sports clinics, this puts them together,” Avera Sports Medicine Dr. Jonathan Buchanan said.
Wednesday during a news conference, Avera announced it’ll build the new $14 million dollar-60,000 square feet Performance Center on the same campus where two other new medical facilities are currently under construction.
In addition to a sports medicine clinic, the performance center will house seven volleyball courts to accommodate and train over 4,000 athletes who now compete in Avera’s Kairos Volleyball program.
“This is going to be amazing for our program, we’re not only going to be able to increase the programs we already have, but we can do some new stuff too and grow our participation numbers,” Avera’s volleyball director Mitch Lunning said.
The new center will also include an indoor turf and weight room and eventually several basketball courts for the Warwick Workout basketball program where athletes can prepare to compete on the college level.
“But I kind of want the 12 and 13-year-olds kid to rub shoulders with these guys so they can dream and they can see I can become a better athlete,” Dr. Buchanan said.
Avera believes it’ll be a destination.
“It’s the only place that I know of in this part of the country where it’s all together, you got the sports, you got the training, you got the physical therapy and you got the clinic,” Dr. Buchanan said.
Construction on the new Human Performance Center will start this fall with a completion date by December of next year.