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

Texas Rangers

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.

For a daily dose of what’s new and next in Dallas-Fort Worth innovation, subscribe to our Dallas Innovates e-newsletter.

R E A D   N E X T

  • BUiLT, nonprofit, Texas, North Texas, Dallas, Dallas-Fort Worth, DFW, Black talent, Black tech talent, Texas talent, North Texas talent, Dallas talent, Dallas-Fort Worth talent, DFW talent, talent attraction, Texas tech talent, North Texas tech talent, Dallas tech talent, Dallas-Fort Worth tech talent, DFW tech talent, Texas business, North Texas business, Dallas business, Dallas-Fort Worth business, DFW business, Texas nonprofit, North Texas nonprofit, Dallas nonprofit, Dallas-Fort Worth nonprofit, DFW nonprofit, symposium, symposia, non-profit, nonprofit, nonprofits, non-profits, cybersecurity, cyber security, north-texas, expo, vice president, Texas symposium, North Texas symposium, Dallas symposium, Dallas-Fort Worth symposium, DFW symposium,

    Nonprofit BUiLT is hosting the event to highlight the success and possibilities of Black tech talent in the region. “There is no talent pipeline problem,” says Peter Beasley, co-founder of the Blacks United in Leading Technology International. “Black tech talent is widely available, especially in North Texas.”

  • The hybrid event in August will take place in person at SMU and virtually. The seventh annual Dallas Startup Week powered by Capital One is Dallas-Fort Worth's largest event focused on driving entrepreneurial success, economic impact, and innovation in the region.

  • dallas innovates tech and innovation news updates: what's new and next in dallas fort worth

    Dude Perfect's Coby Cotton on his Blue Origin space flight yesterday; NPower Texas offers free tech training program for 18- to 26-year-olds and veterans in DFW; Wells Fargo is setting up operations in a $200M, 800,000-SF space in Irving; and more news from North Texas.

 Also, the Top 10 stories on Dallas Innovates this week.

  • Check out this curated selection of contests, nominations, pitches, and grants. Our roundup of programs is for entrepreneurs, corporates, creatives, inventors, educators, and impact innovators in North Texas. You'll find deadlines coming up for NPower's free virtual training: the Governor's Volunteer Awards; LinkedIn Creator Accelerator Program: Technology & Innovation; Lone Star Film Festival; and many more opportunities.