3 Things: Texas Rangers’ West Dallas Academy Focuses Beyond Sports

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Today’s stories include plans for the Texas Rangers’ youth academy in West Dallas, UTD’s new degree offerings, and how the city of Arlington is joining the Pokémon Go trend.

The new Texas Rangers’ youth academy in West Dallas will offer more than just baseball and softball instruction. Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex will also feature programs on financial literacy, college prep, science, technology, engineering, and math initiatives, and provide tutoring and internship opportunities. Toyota announced Thursday it plans to donate $1 million to the new facility. Texas Rangers players Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre also will contribute.The Dallas Morning News has more on the academy.

The University of Texas at Dallas is adding a new degree to its offerings. In the fall, the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences will add a bachelor’s degree in public policy to it’s academic programs. According to UT Dallas, it will be “the only public university in Texas to offer a public policy degree at the undergraduate level.” In addition to the new degree, UT Dallas also will be adding courses tackling “legal and legislative issues related to science, big data, and the internet.” Read more about the new degree and classes from UT Dallas.

The City of Arlington Parks and Recreation Department is using the popularity of Pokémon Go to encourage people to explore its parks. Its recently launched Parkémon website includes a list and map of all the Poké Stops and gyms throughout the city’s parks. The guide also includes tips for users to consider in their journey to “catch ’em all.” NBCDFW has more on the new tool.

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