The Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex presented by TOYOTA and DHA is a state-of-the-art facility providing children with a place to play baseball and softball.

The MLB Youth Academy is a national program designed to provide baseball and softball instruction, rec league programs, training for college and professional play, STEM camps on the science of baseball, and educational support for urban youth. The Dallas facility is one of only eight nationwide and it is the first such academy to involve the support of a public housing authority.

What was previously an empty field in front of the Lakewest Family YMCA is now a 17-acre, turf-covered wonderland with a minor league-size ballpark at its heart, named for the late Rangers manager Johnny Oates, complete with concession stands and stadium seating for 750. There are two full-size fields and two Little League fields, plus a smaller T-ball field and neat rows of batting cages indoors and outdoors.

In addition to providing year-round baseball and softball instruction, the Academy will host tournaments, coaching clinics, and skills camps. It will also give young students access to tutoring programs, college prep classes, college and career fairs, financial literacy and internship programs, and MLB industry alternative career workshops.

DISD coaches and students are encouraged to use the facilities and all programs are free for eligible children ages 6 to 18.

Thank you to the Texas Rangers, TOYOTA, Mercy Street and Papa Johns for their collaboration with DHA to build this athletic center in West Dallas that will host kids from the community and all over the world to play baseball.

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