El PASO – The Texas Health and Human Services Commission today hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of a $550,000 sports complex at the El Paso State Supported Living Center (El Paso SSLC).
The new complex features a basketball court, where residents can also play soccer, and a baseball field adjacent to the court. The sports complex supports a growing activity at El Paso SSLC, as nearly one-third of its residents play baseball on the Desert Yankees team in the Miracle League of El Paso. The Marathon Community Investments Program awarded a $46,000 grant for new sports equipment, uniforms and apparel.
"Sports can help foster a sense of teamwork, accomplishment and community for our residents, plus they're just a great excuse to get outside and have some fun," said Scott Schalchlin, deputy executive commissioner of the HHSC Health and Specialty Care System. "Thanks to the support of lawmakers and the El Paso community, the residents of El Paso State Supported Living Center will get a chance to play in modern facilities that will help foster their love of the game. Go Desert Yankees!"
"We couldn't be more excited for our new multisport complex opening at the El Paso State Supported Living Center," said Laura Moore, director of El Paso SSLC. "This is a beautiful complex that will help engage, unite and boost the morale of our residents and staff. We're eager to get out there and enjoy some basketball, baseball, soccer and many other activities because of it."
Established in 1974, El Paso SSLC is home to almost 100 residents. It is among 13 state supported living centers throughout the state that provide campus-based direct services and supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Residents receive 24/7 residential services in a structured, campus-based environment. Services include personalized behavioral treatment, primary and specialty health care, psychiatric services, dental care, skills training, day habilitation, employment services and customized adaptive aids such as seating and positioning devices.