S.T.A.R. Soccer for a Cause
The South Texas Area Regional soccer complex (S.T.A.R.) is doing great things for the San Antonio community.
Not only is it great for tourism and economic development, it also promotes one of San Antonio’s most unique organizations, the world’s first amusement park entirely dedicated to serving those with special needs.
When the complex was opened in 2010 it increased the number of area full-size fields by 25 percent.
Located in North East San Antonio at what used to be the Longhorn Quarry, the complex houses 13 full-size fields and one additional practice field.
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The S.T.A.R. complex is the largest of its kind in the San Antonio region, and, because of its size, S.T.A.R. is able to accommodate large local, regional, state, national and international tournaments.
S.T.A.R. is also home to the North American Soccer League’s (NASL) San Antonio Scorpions FC, the only professional soccer team in San Antonio, and one of only three in Texas.
Increasing the number of fields and providing a home for the Scorpions, however, is not the only thing S.T.A.R. has done for the San Antonio community. S.T.A.R. is also the number one benefactor of Morgan’s Wonderland, a 25-acre park for people with special needs. (Read our article about Morgan's Wonderland here.).
Andrew Forrest, the San Antonio Scorpions’ senior account executive said S.T.A.R. has always been connected to Morgan’s Wonderland.
“It always has been, and it always will be,” he said.
All proceeds from S.T.A.R. help to subsidize free admission to Morgan’s Wonderland.
S.T.A.R. is set up to accommodate virtually every type of fan.
For the Technology-savvy, free Wi-Fi is available. For the young and playful, two playscapes have been built. For the shoppers and die-hard fans, a pro shop makes its home at the complex.
The Scorpions are a relatively new team, playing their first game in April of this year, but with some recent wins against more experienced teams, they are proving that San Antonio can have another nationally recognized professional sports team.
S.T.A.R. is not just for professionals though; anyone can rent out the fields.
Youth soccer is the majority of the rentals, but they also house adult teams and special events. Forrest said the fields are mostly booked up through the rest of the year, but they are able to accommodate more people and events if needed. Call for availability.
Way to go to all of those involved with the Gordan Hartman Family Foundation and S.T.A.R.! You continue to be an inspiration to the city of San Antonio and, most importantly, a blessing to those you serve.