The Springbok International School & Sports Academy,
Springbok’s Management Team that America’s greatest export is our educational system both in the college preparatory arena as well as our nation's system of colleges and universities. There have been many articles in the WSJ and other periodicals recently discussing the fact that America's Educational System is truly our greatest export potential to the rest of the world. Recent stories like the following and now commonplace: WALL STREET JOURNAL April 30, 2012: "Education is the Key to a Healthy Economy"; THE ATLANTIC, May 9, 2012: "How China's New Love Affair with U.S. Private Schools Is Changing Them Both"; THE ECONOMIST, April 10, 2012: "Education Export"; EDUCATION NEWS January 18, 2012: "Number of Chinese Students in US Schools Doubles in 2 Years"
The Springbok International School & Sports Academy will provide a professional and positive environment where goals will be achieved, personal confidence heightened, lasting friendships made, and expectations exceeded.
The newly proposed setting for the Springbok International School & Sports Academy will be in the State of Illinois at an existing site to be announced in the coming months. The Springbok Campus will offer unparalleled amenities, outstanding residential values, hospitals, retail, and the finest facilities in the world to pursue a world class college preparatory education and to train in your chosen sport. Springbok will also be opening a satellite campus in Eugene, OR with future locations coming on line in the coming years to include: Sarasota, FL; Sacramento, CA; Park City, UT; Beijing, China; Athens, Greece; Mumbai, India; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Dubai, UAE.
As a one-of-a-kind educational and sports complex, the Springbok International School and Sports Academy’s IL campus will offer over 1,500,000 sq.ft. of facilities and amenities for our student-athletes and summer campers.
INTERIOR AMENITIES WILL INCLUDE
Six (6) In-door Tennis Courts; Six (6) NBA Sized Basketball Courts; Ten (10) Bowling Lanes; Two (2) NHL Sized Hockey Rinks with Zamboni Machine; Fifty (50) Meter Swimming Pool; Twenty-Five (25) Meter Swimming Pool; 30,000 Sq. ft. Extreme Sports Area to be outfitted by Woodward Sports; In-Door Miniature Golf Course; Dormitories for 1000 students; which can be expanded to support up to 3000 Summer Campers for weekly camp programs; Classrooms & Labs; Fitness Center; 100 On-Site Hotel Guest Rooms; Retail Store Area; Music Studio; Broadcasting Studio; Computer Graphics Lab; In-Door Golf Training Area; In-Door Baseball Batting Cages & Fielding Area; Two (2) In-Door Soccer/Lacrosse Fields; and a Video Game Room
EXTERIOR AMENITIES WILL INCLUDE
Over 500 acres of fields and land for future growth; Out-Door Golf Driving Range and Training Area; Outdoor Fantasy Pool with Lazy River; Twelve (12) Outdoor Hard Tennis Courts & Eight (8) Clay Tennis Courts; Eight (8) Outdoor Basketball Courts; Four (4) Baseball Fields with Lights; Four (4) Softball Fields with Lights; Four (4) Soccer Fields with Lights; Four (4) Lacrosse Fields with Lights; Two (2) Turf Fields for All Sports; Eight (8) Lane Running Track; and an Obstacle Course
Springbok student-athletes will be trained in our live-in sports academies within the Springbok complex by some of the world's top teaching professionals in their respective sports and arts based activities: Music, Culinary & Nutrition; Computer Graphics; Extreme Sports; Baseball, Basketball, Broadcasting, Golf, Gymnastics, Lacrosse, Personal Peak Performance Training, Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Hockey, and Volleyball.
Springbok Sports Academy Status Update As of September 2013
Pursuant to our last update, we are still focusing our efforts on securing an existing campus in Illinois to become our Midwestern Campus location. Additionally, we are also working on a potential funding source to also pursue the development of our original planned location in Lakewood Ranch, FL. We are planning on an acquisition of the Illinois location in Q1 2013 and then fourteen (14) months of renovation/construction which will have the Academy ready for our first class of full time student-athletes for the 2014-2015 academic year. Additionally, we continue working on several potential Joint Venture opportunities in the Asian Continent for a Springbok Academy with a basketball focus only with other sports like tennis and golf to follow. As stated in my last update, we have nothing else to do at this time, but to wait for the project financing to be completed so we can proceed with the above plans. This has been a long journey thus far, but we are all energized by this recent progress on our funding efforts and I remain guardedly optimistic that we are nearing a closing date. I'll provide another update the end of March 2013.
Kindest Regards, Tim Morris
About Springbok International School & Sports Academy
"Anyone in South Africa knows the word "Springbok". It is the national antelope in South Africa, which has a unique characteristic called "pronking". The male "pronks" by jumping in one spot to heights of up to 14 feet, to impress females and frighten predators. To become a "Springbok" athlete in South Africa means that you have reached the pinnacle in one's sport. Selection as a Springbok includes a ceremony where the recipient is awarded a green jacket with gold trim similar in fashion to the Masters Green Jacket. When I was growing up in South Africa, every kid aspired to one day receive his or her Springbok colors."
—Johan Kriek, Director Springbok Tennis Academy
We are going to build the "Springbok" brand globally on five (5) pillars of excellence which are: Athletics, Education, Leadership, Community, and Virtue. All of the Springbok International School & Sports Academy staff and facility will focus our combined efforts on the execution and implementation of these five pillars on a local, regional, national, and international basis. All of the facilities and amenities we have planned will promote leadership, education, health & wellness, sportsmanship, competition, commitment, and community at the highest levels found anywhere in the world and we will achieve these goals through athletics.
Located within an hour of O'Hare Airport and located generally geographically in the middle of the United States will make the first Springbok International School & Sports Academy Campus a truly unique destination for a world class college preparatory education and sports training. Springbok will be a "Green" facility complex with a comprehensive recycling program, solar panel systems, green landscaping, and LEED or equal project certification.
The first main location will comprise over 500+ acres of land and over 1,500,000 sq. ft. of facilities and amenities which will be unmatched in the world today.