Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young donates to build sports facility in Norman

NORMAN — Trae Young has made the most of his opportunities.

The Norman native and former OU star has been thriving in the NBA since he got drafted in 2018. This past season proved to be his best yet, as he led the Atlanta Hawks to the Eastern Conference Finals in what marked the first postseason run of his career.

Throughout all the success, there’s one message Young makes sure to share with his 1.1 million Twitter followers nearly every day he logs into the platform.

“Another Day, Another Opportunity,” Young’s tweet always reads.

Now Young is bringing more opportunities to those in his hometown.

The city of Norman broke ground on the Young Family Athletic Center, a nearly $36 million sports facility, Wednesday morning thanks in part to a $4 million donation from the Trae Young Family Foundation.

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A rendering of the basketball courts inside the Young Family Athletic Center is shown in this screengrab.

The hope is the multi-million dollar facility establishes Norman as a hub in the sports tourism market.

“I’m just very excited and appreciative that the city of Norman allowed our family to partner with them on this project,” said Rayford Young, Trae’s father. “Trae could tell you how we used to travel across the country for hours just to get the opportunity to play at facilities like this… Now we know that a lot of these teams are going to be coming to Norman instead of kids from Norman having to travel across the country.”

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