Athletic training facility open in Paw Paw

	Performance FieldHouse in Paw Paw is polished and ready for its opening earlier this month.  The indoor athletic facility offers a year-round training option to local teams, coaches and athletes.  Its completion is a testament to the collaboration between Kinexus, Van Buren County, the Village of Paw Paw  and owner Mark Lipson.   Photo courtesy of Kinexus

   PAW PAW - Performance FieldHouse, a new indoor-outdoor  training facility, opened its doors to the public on November 10. The $1.6 million fieldhouse at  32592 E. Michigan Avenue, Paw Paw, will welcome athletes of all ages to train year-round for sports such as baseball, softball, basketball, volleyball and pickle ball, according to a press release.
    Mark Lipson, owner of Performance FieldHouse and long-time coach, shared his excitement. “Sports have played a large role in my life growing up and still do today,” he said. “Being able to provide a local facility where youth can further develop their athletic skills and have fun is fulfilling a lifelong dream.”
    “We are excited to have an attraction like Performance FieldHouse choose to locate in the Village of Paw Paw,” said Paw Paw Village Manager Sarah Moyer-Cale. “Not only does this facility meet a large need for athletic training space, but it provides a safe and fun environment where families can gather in our community.
   “We are proud to partner with Mr. Lipson on the project and see the vision come to fruition.”
   Kinexus and Van Buren County also helped Lipson get his project off the ground, directing him to much-needed resources.
   Lipson’s dream was a long ways from reality when he was referred to Van Buren County Economic Developer, Zachary Morris. They identified finance options such as Small Business Administration (SBA) Guaranteed Loans and assisted Lipson with Commercial Tax Exemption through the village of Paw Paw.
   “There are resources available to alleviate the frustration of starting up a business,” said Lipson. “Initially, I was denied financing and was concerned with start-up costs; however, after meeting with Mr. Morris, I was able to successfully move forward.” 
   Lipson’s 16,000-square-foot facility will be utilized year-round, as most of the fields are inside. Performance FieldHouse also has two outdoor baseball and softball fields, making it unique in the world of athletic training.
    “This is a significant win for Van Buren County and our local communities,” said Morris. “Most athletes in the region travel to other areas to receive their training in the off-season, and this year-round facility will help fill that gap for Van Buren County residents.”
   For more information about Performance FieldHouse, visit www.performancefieldhouse.com and like them on Facebook at facebook.com/performancefieldhouse.

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