2020-06-13

Trae Young pledges millions toward Norman sports complex

Trae Young commits millions to hometown.

Young, 21, has pledged $4M to a sports complex project that is reportedly $37M over budget. The project, in-part, is part of Norman Forward passed by residents in 2015, which includes an indoor basketball facility and an aquatic center.

City council members approved the combination of the projects, ballooning the cost over $58M after rising design and construction cost, according to Norman Transcript.

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Young, an NBA All Star, cut his teeth at Cleveland Country area YMCA.

“We had a little goal in our front yard he would shoot on, but we lived at the YMCA,” Rayford Young, Trae's father, told The Oklahoman.

“Early morning workouts when he's swimming and we're lifting weights and just in the gym — I can't even tell you how big that was. Playing against the older, grown men at the Y, all that stuff was just really cool and I think it's helped him get to where he is now.”

Young has continued to use his rising platform to speak out about social issues, and giving back to the community, including canceling millions in medical debt for Atlanta-area residents.

Last week, Young spoke out at a rally in Norman, Okla. after the death of George Floyd, he also, joined Russell Westbrook and Blake in asking to Governor and Pardon & Parole to review Julius Jones’ death penalty case.

City council members will approve the Young family donation on June 23.

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