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Fort Jackson youth will soon have another place to play as the post broke ground Sept. 23 on a new Youth Multipurpose Sports Court at the Youth Services Sports Complex on post.

"This shows our commitment," to the youths of Fort Jackson, said Col. James W. Ellerson, commander of the post's garrison, before he and other officials tossed the first loads of dirt with their shovels. "And how important it is for the post to support the youth of Fort Jackson. It's really about you all. All the good things you are doing, and our continued support of you all as a whole."

James Andrews, director of the youth services facility, said those children are "the super kids in our community."

The multipurpose court can be configured for basketball, volleyball and badminton, and double as a volleyball court as well. It is scheduled to be completed in December, said Brad Gunther, the project manager for the court's construction.

It will take that long because trees have to be removed, land cleared, and concrete poured.

The process to remove the 50 or so trees around the site of the court began Monday.

After pouring the concrete pad, "it must sit 30 days before we can put the top coating on it," Gunther added.

When the project is complete the court will have fencing, lighting and bleachers; and end a project which began nearly two years ago.

"This is a great addition to the sports complex and be used by a lot of children," Gunther added. The gym inside the complex, "stays really busy every day."