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Reaching more families through sports

Providing change to West Dallas but collaborating with the Texas Rangers Youth Academy

The Texas Rangers Youth Academy goes beyond baseball and softball to help the North Texas community flourish with help from non-profit partner Buckner International. The Youth Academy’s four state-of-the-art classrooms inside the Globe Life Training Center house a satellite Family Hope Center operated by Buckner International since 2017.

Through baseball and softball programming offered at the Texas Rangers Youth Academy, Buckner can reach even more families throughout North Texas, including the thousands of young athletes who live within the West Dallas neighborhood. To provide impactful services to children and families, the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation and Buckner International conducted rigorous research to tailor their offerings to the community’s needs.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with Buckner International and support our students in every way we can,” said Jesse Malone, manager of Youth Academy outreach and education. “As always, our mission has been to develop major league citizens, and by partnering with Buckner, we can do that through mentorship, classes and teaching life skills. We want to help our athletes succeed on and off the field, and we believe we are doing so with this partnership.”

Throughout the year, a variety of youth programs are available, including academic assistance, one-on-one and group enrichment, summer camp and life skills programs. Additionally, Buckner provides adult programs in English and Spanish such as job skills training, financial empowerment courses, family coaching and parent support.

“These courses empower our families to go after their short- and long-term goals and provide skills that can be utilized within the home,” said Keri Pettis, manager/director of the Buckner Family Hope Center at the Texas Rangers Youth Academy. “For example, our life skills and parenting support courses encourage families to communicate more, ultimately building healthier relationships in the home.”

Read the full story on the Texas Rangers blog and find out more on how Buckner International and the Texas Rangers are helping strengthen children and families in West Dallas. 

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