Champions Park

Newberry’s Champions Baseball Park is a 16-field, all stadium state-of-the art complex featuring live-streaming capabilities from all fields, turf infields. The facility is for 13-under baseball, but can also host fastpitch competition. The facility also features scoreboards, concessions, and parking for 500+ cars. The facility is a public/private venture that involved the City of Newberry, VisitGainesville, and the Alachua County Board of Commissioners  is located one mile south of Newberry on ALT US 27.

Easton Newberry Sports Complex

The Easton Newberry Sports Complex, located in Newberry, Florida, is a shared-use facility that combines the Easton Newberry Archery Center with a multi-use recreation facility. The archery program focuses on training archers and coaches, developing curriculum, and in providing a world-class venue to host archery events. It includes not only an indoor facility for controlled environmental training but also has a 3D archery component which is played in the woods as well as outdoor shooting stands from which large format archery competitions can be held. The Florida Fish and Wildlife also host training sessions at this location as well.

Diamond Sports Park

Diamond Sports Park, owned by School Board of Alachua, managed by Newberry Recreation and Parks, with 9 lighted baseball/softball fields. Also facilities for soccer and beach volleyball with a concession stand and ample parking.

RaddSports, LLC, (“RaddSports”) is a sports development-management company with over 40 years of experience in the amateur sports industry and is headquartered in Jonesville, Florida. The Florida Sports Foundation has identified a demand in the Florida market for indoor sports training and competitive events and RaddSports is actively working with municipalities seeking to develop such facilities and programs. We have found the traveling sports market is in need of consistent sports facilities with athlete-oriented training programs for the local community as well as event ready space for tournaments and competitions. To this end, we have created programs which caters to the local community from Monday – Friday and hosts sporting events on the weekend to produce economic impact from sports tourism visitors.

Elite Pro-Ball Academy / Champions Park recently contracted Richard Blalock and his company RADDSPORTS to review, negotiate and expand our tournament, vendor, and facility contracts. His team is also analyzing our academy programs and ways to optimize and expand our training programs. In a short period of time we have seen an increase level of interest and look forward to implementing new methods in the near future.

Mike Spina

Elite Pro-Ball Academy, Owner and President, Champions Park, Director

Richard Blalock holds a position as President Emeritus and has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Gainesville Sports Commission for 17 years. For his efforts in our community he has been awarded the “Bronze Gator” award 5 times. This award is presented by our Board of Directors to individuals that go above and beyond in the effort to enhance Sports Tourism in Alachua County.

Joleen Cacciatore, CSEE

Executive Director, Gainesville Sports Commission

I have found Richard Blalock to be one of the most creative program and tournament directors in the country. He was instrumental in assisting in the implementation of the tournament format at Cooperstown Dreams Park. His team consistently delivers quality programs which contribute to the successful development of youth athletes. They also organize events that create an experience for the athletes, officials and spectators that keep them coming back year after year.

Lou Presutti

Founder, CEO and President, Cooperstown Dreams Park

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