TAMPA BAY, Fla., July 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Bo Jackson is most well known as the ultimate cross-trained athlete. He is the only athlete ever to be named an All-Star in both baseball and football.Widely considered one of the greatest athletes in history - in 2013 ESPN Sports Science named Jackson the Greatest Athlete of All Time. But, to hear Bo tell the story of his career is to hear a man who is more excited about the impact he can make in the sports world in the future rather than reminisce about what he has done in the past. He is committed to helping young athletes change outcomes in their own lives.
In 2008, Mr. Jackson along with 13-Year MLB veteran John Cangelosi and Founder and CEO Jim Thompson opened Bo Jackson's Elite Sports in the Chicago suburb of Lockport, IL. The Hilliard Ohio venture will be Mr. Jackson's 2nd facility dedicated to developing athletes. Mr. Jackson said that his facilities and extraordinary staff of coaches, instructors, and trainers transform the lives of athletes through sports specific training, nutrition education, leadership, and character development.
Earlier this month The Bo Jackson's Elite Sports Development Group broke ground on Bo Jackson's Elite Sports - Columbus.
The new 114,000 square foot indoor training center will feature unique training space for all turf sports with 72' high ceilings; a full-sized MLB infield, a full-sized fast-pitch softball infield, batting cages, plus two multi-purpose fields for football, lacrosse, and soccer. BJES is dedicated to helping athletes get stronger and faster with over 14,000 square-feet of Sport Performance space, including a collegiate-style weight room, 3-lane 80-yard track, 2-lane obstacle course, a functional training area, and The Gauntlet Sports Leadership Climbing Tower - a 42-foot climbing center that will blend physical and mental training to give athletes the mental edge they need.
The new facility will also feature on-site physical therapy and advanced technology to improve reaction time and mental focus. Founder and CEO Jim Thompson said, "We take the development of athletes seriously and while the facility is elite, we have the expertise and passion to train every level of player. We host as many 10-year-olds as we do kids bound for collegiate scholarships." Thompson said the facility will also offer development programs for coaches. Gatorade and Nike have both signed on as sponsors to support reasonably priced programming for everyone.