Sinquefields to contribute $6 million to youth sports foundation
Rex and Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield will contribute $6 million to the BASE (Baseball And Softball Education) Foundation for an education hub at a youth sports complex to be built in Chesterfield.
The gift, to be made over ten years, was announced on April 6 at a news conference at the Brew House in Ballpark Village, during which the foundation formally unveiled plans for the project, which will be called the POWERPlex. The project is being developed by a group of local investors that includes not-for-profit executive and former broadcaster Dan Buck and St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny.
Located just east of the City of Chesterfield’s Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex, the 74-acre POWERPlex campus is intended to attract traveling youth and amateur sports teams from a broad area. The proposed facility will include dual sport domes, multiple turfed fields, and the educational hub, which will be named after the Sinquefields.
“We’re happy to fund the Center for Human Development, but those are fancy words. We want to do more than sports,” Jeanne Sinquefield said at the news conference. “We want to have an invention lab, teach chess and music, and you can have Scouting. You could do lots and lots of things.”
For more about the plans for POWERplex, you can see coverage of the announcement from several St. Louis media outlets, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Business Journal, KMOV (CBS), KSDK (NBC) and KTRS-AM.