JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - The first Hank Aaron Sports Academy will soon open in Jackson.
Overtime Sports and KSG joined together to announce Smith-Wills Stadium will be repurposed and converted into the academy.
HASA is a tribute to the life and legacy of Henry Aaron. It will also serve as a hub for education, training, practice, and play for the city’s youth.
“How many people do you know that, even after death, are still able to hit one more home run and that’s what Hank Aaron is doing here today,” Tim Bennett said. “He’s hit another home run. We’ll call it number 756, but this time, not only would it move the crowd, but it’s gonna move a whole city. It’s gonna move an entire state forward.”
There are seven Jackson Public Schools, yet none have an on-campus baseball field.
The academy will provide these schools with a safe and up-to-standard field, as well as camps hosted by former and current MLB players.
Bennett said the Hank Aaron Sports Academy should be ready for action sometime in April. Bennett is also one of the owners of the Biloxi Shuckers; Mississippi’s first minority owner.