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Sports academy opens doors in Paulding
by E. Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
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Staff / E. Marcel Pourtout<br>From left, Allatoona Sports Academy owners Jason Warren, Michael Lipani and Matt Brooks gather at their Hiram facility last week.
Staff / E. Marcel Pourtout
From left, Allatoona Sports Academy owners Jason Warren, Michael Lipani and Matt Brooks gather at their Hiram facility last week.
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Allatoona Sports Academy will host free youth clinics this Saturday at its new facility at 172 Shipp Circle in Hiram.

Each individual clinic will last from 9 to 11 a.m. and focus on lacrosse, baseball, softball and soccer along with speed and agility training for athletes in any sport. It is designed for participants from ages 5 to 12.

Academy owners Matt Brooks, Jason Warren and Michael Lipani joined together in December 2013 to develop an indoor facility for youth athletes to train. After unsuccessful attempts to find property in Cobb County, the owners found Rountree Park which initially served as a facility for indoor horse shows. The owners purchased the property in May and began the transformation.

“We now have an indoor facility and 28 acres of surrounding land to work with,” said Brooks. “This fall we’re going to have an indoor soccer league for youth and adults as well as volleyball tournaments.”

The indoor facility, which is 38,000 square feet, includes a volleyball court used by club teams such as Real Volleyball.

It also offers an adjustable indoor area for softball and baseball teams in Paulding County to practice using hitting cages and field turf surfaces, Brooks said.

In October, owners plan to begin work to transform the surrounding outdoor land into athletic fields for baseball, softball, lacrosse and soccer along with obstacle courses, playgrounds, walking trails and paintball areas.

The three owners are interlinked together through youth sports and the military. Brooks and Warren attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point together and were collegiate athletes in soccer and baseball respectively. Lipani was a baseball coach for Brooks’ son.

“All of our kids play sports and come from backgrounds where it’s been a major factor defining us as people,” said Brooks. “We learned about character through sports and it’s important for us to provide that environment for the youth of Paulding County.”

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