CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - There has always been one man behind the dream of SportsQuest. But as that dream is getting closer to reality, Steve Burton is taking a step back, and having his management team take a bigger role.
Bill Thompson is the Chairman of the Board of the SportsQuest Foundation. He is in Richmond this week raising the final funds for the $100 million facility that will be the base of SportsQuest next to the 12 fields that currently sit in Chesterfield County.
Almost a year ago to the day, SportsQuest had a groundbreaking for that facility, that still remains to be built. But Thompson believes SportsQuest is close to raising the funds to get that facility started.
Thompson also said Thursday that Burton is ready hand over more of the day-to-day workings of the foundation to the management team.
In addition to that team Burton has enlisted sports and entertainment veteran Bobby Goldwater to serve as a chief strategist for the organization. Goldwater served at Madison Square Garden for 24 years, was the Staples Center's first Senior Vice President and General Manager, and led the successful effort to bring Major League Baseball back to Washington D.C.
SportsQuest has tried to start up a few of their sports academies before the main facility is built. Other than some success with a basketball academy, Thompson believes that SportsQuest really cannot move forward until the main facility begins construction.
The 12 field complex had a very successful 2011 - generating over 10 million dollars in sports tourism for the Greater Richmond area, serving as the site for a few prestigious national youth sports tournaments.