Passion and Volunteers Fuel Hope Sports Complex

LANSING, Michigan -- Hope Sports Complex is being honored by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce as the Emerging Entrepreneur recipient. In 2013, Lansing-based Mid-Michigan Sports Turf LLC took over management of the Lansing-owned Hope Sports Complex on Aurelius Road, south of Jolly Road, in a lease deal with the city. The complex has about 20-plus acres and a total of seven fields. The fields are available for rent to soccer, lacrosse, youth baseball, softball, football, kickball, ultimate frisbee and other events. It has bought new sports equipment and installed a $1 million plus artificial turf field with sports lights and bleachers. It obtained a liquor license last year.

Julie Mullin is owner of Chill SBC Soccer Club, which she has owned for eight years. She also owns Mid-Michigan Sports Turf, the management company that manages Hope Sports Complex. Here’s what she had to say:

Number of employees:

Right now I have a lot of volunteers. We have great families in the Chill. Literally, a string of volunteers put together bleachers for 1,100 people. I have three employees, besides myself and they are part-time. I expect to hire more next year. I’m going to look for a food manager and probably a short order cook.

What makes Hope Sports Complex special?

I think the passion to turn it into something monumental for our area. We have a great group of people that want to see it succeed. The city of Lansing is really supportive in this endeavor. It will be a great addition to South Lansing, to bring something like this to the community. All types of people can use it. For example, we host Lansing Parks and Recreation programs there. We’re talking about all sorts of things. We have lots of space and we can use it in so many different ways. I have met so many neat people in Lansing with great ideas and resources. We can maybe pull together and use the space for something that is much needed.
 
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Source: Lansing State Journal