February 25, 2010 in Washington Voices

Open house planned at HUB Saturday

By The Spokesman-Review
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“The HUB Sports Center provides events that have a positive impact on youth and the community,” said Phil Champlin, the executive director. bartr@spokesmam.com
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The Valley HUB is a large but unassuming building in a field near Interstate 90, tucked behind a boat dealership and an RV dealership. Inside, however, the facility can host multiple simultaneous games of basketball or volleyball or both at once.

The event facility at 19619 E. Cataldo Ave., just inside the boundaries of Liberty Lake, will be showcased during an open house for all ages Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local coaches and experts will teach multiple sports, including basketball, volleyball, soccer, baseball, badminton, tennis and boxing. Mascots from local teams will compete for the HUB Sports Center Cup.

Admission to the event is free. There will be food available and door prizes. Rockwood Clinic will have its Jump Station on site and Great Clips will be cutting hair for donations. There will also be sneak peeks at community classes starting in March, including Zumba aerobics, boxing conditioning, stroller fitness, a three-on-three basketball league and more.

The idea behind the event is to let people know about the building and that it can do, beyond hosting basketball and volleyball tournaments, said director Phil Champlin. “I think it’s going to be a lot of fun for the kids,” he said. “There will be something for everybody.”

The HUB is typically busiest on weeknights and the weekends, but is working to add more events and classes during the day. There are no membership fees to use the facility, just whatever fees are required for classes. “It’s been our busiest season yet,” Champlin said. “We want to keep our momentum going.”

If there’s anything Champlin knows, it is sports. He took over as the HUB’s director in November after 11 years at Skyhawk Sports as the vice president of operations. “Being involved with kids and sports is a passion,” he said. “You learn so many life skills through athletics.”

Kids and adults alike will get a taste of the fun to be had during Sunday’s open house. “We want to continue to be a resource to the community,” Champlin said.

A full schedule of events planned for Saturday is available online at www.valleyhub.org.

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