ABOUT FUTURE CHAMPIONS
Future Champions Sports Complex
Two families from Jacksonville and Beardstown are beginning the operation of Future Champions Sports Complex immediately following their purchase of Lenz Field and Sports Complex on March 6. The owners/operators of the athletic complex include Adam Jamison, Kristin Jamison, Larry Jamison, Clint Wherley and Joel Wherley.
Both Adam Jamison and Clint Wherley were standout baseball players at Beardstown High School, who continued their careers collegiately – Jamison at Parkland College and Point Loma University, and Wherley at Western Illinois University and Illinois College. After Jamison and his wife, Kristin, opened Jamison’s Future Swings baseball and instruction facility in June of 2018, the couple realized the passion Jacksonville area residents have for baseball, as well as the demand for local instruction.
“Initially, we opened Future Swings to meet the needs of athletes who want to improve their hitting, defensive skills or pitching. But soon after opening, we began to better understand the market for travel baseball, explained Jamison. “Within a few months we had over 200 boys and girls trying out for a position on one of our 11 teams.”
In less than two years Jamison’s Future Swings has hosted hundreds of athletes for instruction and is solidifying its second season of travel teams that wear the Future Swings jersey. In fact, a total of 17 teams – consisting of boys and girls under eight years old up to 18 and hailing from a radius of an hour drive of Jacksonville – will call Future Champions Sports Complex their home field this spring and summer.
Clint Wherley was one of Jamison’s instructors at Future Swings when Tom Lenz contacted Jamison about the prospect of purchasing his sports complex. Jamison and Wherley were immediately interested in the opportunity, especially given their connection to area athletes and travel teams through Future Swings hitting facility. The duo worked to find the right mix of investors to make the purchase.
“Adam and I grew up in Beardstown where baseball was simply a fabric of our lives. Beardstown has the reputation of being a baseball and softball town. We want to make Jacksonville and this entire region better known for achievement in baseball and softball.”
Kristin Jamison joins her husband and Wherley in the everyday operation of the facility. She views the purchase of the complex by a local group to be important for Jacksonville and its surrounding communities.
“There is no doubt that Lenz Field has been an important economic driver for Jacksonville for the last dozen years,” said Kristin Jamison. “The facility was listed as one of the top 10 recreational facilities within the state of Illinois, and we are committed to continuing the great tradition of travel baseball and softball Tom and Kim Lenz began in this town.” She continued, “We are extremely excited to expand the market with increased opportunities for competition throughout the week for recreational leagues, high school and college teams, as we strive to strengthen ties within the community.
Future Champions Sports Complex will welcome high school boys and girls to Jacksonville during three subsequent weekends beginning March 20, with the travel team season officially kicking off on April 3. The new owners of the complex are in the process of scheduling grand opening events to officially welcome baseball and softball fans in the Jacksonville area to the sports complex
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