NORTHBROOK, Illinois - May 6, 2019 – Northbrook Baseball today announced that it will open its own state-of-the-art indoor baseball training facility. Scheduled to open later this Spring, the Northbrook Baseball Kipnis Center is part of the organization’s ongoing effort to improve the quality of youth baseball in the area by providing Northbrook Travel and House League players an unprecedented opportunity to work with their coaches year-round in a facility of their own. The facility will also host other Northbrook Baseball-sponsored clinics. Located at 1851 Janke Rd., the Kipnis Center is scheduled to open in June.
The Kipnis Center was made possible by a generous donation from Cleveland Indians second baseman, Jason Kipnis. Kipnis is a Northbrook native who played with Northbrook Baseball during his youth before going on to become a star at Glenbrook North High School. Additional important donations have also been made by other long-time Northbrook Baseball volunteers, which, along with a recently-launched capital campaign, will ensure the facility’s long-term financial stability.
“Northbrook and Northbrook Baseball played significant roles in shaping me into the person I am today, and some of my best childhood memories are of playing baseball with my friends on the fields around town,” Kipnis said. “Coming from a community and a youth baseball environment that gave so much to me, I am really happy to have found a way to give something back. This facility will help ensure that the quality of baseball in Northbrook remains high and that players of all levels get access to year-round training.”
The climate-controlled facility will feature state-of-the-art lighting designed to replicate outdoor daylight conditions, along with artificial turf, batting and pitching tunnels, high-quality pitching machines and a full array of additional baseball training equipment.
As part of the ongoing partnership between Northbrook Baseball and Glenbrook North Baseball - through the GBN Feeder Baseball Program -- Glenbrook North Baseball will also have access to the Kipnis Center during weekday mornings and after school, at a time when the facility would otherwise sit empty. This will assist the program with its player development, winter scheduling and help overcome Chicago’s challenging Spring weather.
“For many years, our House League teams have not had access to indoor training space and our Travel teams have been forced to rent space at various private indoor facilities throughout the area -- usually at a high cost and with less than ideal time slots,” said Mark Gerstein, president of the Northbrook Baseball Board of Directors. “The arrival of the Kipnis Center makes those issues problems of the past. Through the generosity of Jason and others, we have developed a first-rate indoor training center while managing to keep the cost of playing baseball in Northbrook very low. This is something our entire community can take pride in.”
About Northbrook Baseball
Northbrook Baseball is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that has existed since 1952 for the sole purpose of providing a youth baseball league to the children of Northbrook, Illinois. Many Northbrook residents have devoted countless hours over many years to teach the game of baseball, sportsmanship, and teamwork to the area’s youth and have ensured that they enjoy this great sport in a fun, safe and appropriately competitive environment.