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Lovejoy baseball, softball complex to hold opening

Photo by Heather Middleton

Photo by Heather Middleton

By Maria-Jose Subiria

msubiria@news-daily.com

There is a room, with a queen-sized bed inside the office of a former Major League Baseball player. It is there as a place of respite, rest, and solitude for David Elder.

Elder, 35, of McDonough, is a co-owner of Foundation Sports, LLC., and he wants easy access to the business he is devoted to, Monday through Sunday, 7:45 a.m., to 9 p.m.

"It just goes to show how dedicated I am to this place," Elder said during an interview on Monday.

He said the facility is open around the clock, seven days per week, for members only. Staffers are on hand Monday, through Friday, from 9 a.m., to 8 p.m.; Saturdays, from 10 a.m., to 5 p.m.; and Sundays by appointment only, for non-members.

Elder co-owns Foundation Sports with Matt Clark.

The facility is aimed at patrons interested in all aspects of baseball and softball.

Some who have used the complex are already offering testimonials.

"I think it's good having someone with good experience," said Andrew McMeans, a 14-year-old budding baseball pitcher from McDonough. He plays for a baseball team managed by Foundation Sports, and said he really enjoys the facility.

"I like it so far, because they are going to train me to be the best," said Jayda Willis, a 15-year-old softball player, while exercising on an elliptical machine. She said she became fond of the facility during a tour.

The baseball and softball complex has been operating since September 2010, but the grand opening is being held this Saturday, from 11 a.m., to 2 p.m., at 2497 Lovejoy Road, Lovejoy.

Javy Lopez, a former catcher with the Atlanta Braves, is scheduled to be on hand to sign autographs, from 11:30 a.m., to 1:30 p.m., Elder said.

Foundation Sports, LLC. co-owner David Elder said he was a baseball pitcher, and his background in the sport includes 12 years of professional baseball experience.

Elder said from 2002, to 2003, he was part of Major League Baseball and played for The Cleveland Indians, in Ohio. He said he played for Minor League baseball teams, from 1997, to 2008.

Due to an elbow injury, Elder said he decided to step away from playing baseball.

"I decided to move on to the next chapter of my life," said Elder.

He said creating Foundation Sports is a goal he always had. Elder said it became a reality through his collaboration with Foundation Sports co-owner Matt Clark, and Clark's parents, who owned three acres of land on which the facility is housed.

David Clark, the father of Matt Clark, said his fence company was housed on the site, until February 2010, when the company was moved to McDonough. He said the sports complex idea seemed like a good fit.

Lovejoy council member Tommy Green III, agreed.

Green explained the location of the sports complex is an area predominantly filled with industrial business. He said he believes the complex will generate diversity, and attract consumers.

"I think we've undergone some major changes in the Hastings Bridge area...to try to increase more traffic there," said Green. Hastings Bridge Road is partly adjacent to Lovejoy Road.

Some of the changes in the area include the Mayor's Park and the Downtown Open Air Market, located on nearby Hastings Bridge Road. The addition of the Foundation Sports facility is an example of the growth spurt the city is experiencing with new businesses, said Green.

When asked how much was invested in Foundation Sports, David Clark, Matt Clark's father, said only that "a six-figure investment was made."

The facility has many offerings. There are multiple batting cages and bullpens, where pitchers warm-up. There is a baseball field available, though there isn't a softball field yet.

There also is a gymnasium for baseball and softball players, as well as others. It also has shower facilities, said Elder.

The facility has exercise equipment specifically designed to work the core, and the range of motion, of the human body. He said the exercise equipment is designed to assist in bettering the flexibility of baseball and softball players.

Foundation Sports members enter the facility by scanning a card, for added security, said Elder. Membership fees are $25 per month for a player, or $50 per month for a family, said Elder.

For more information contact Foundation Sports, at (770) 471-5060.