The gift was first announced during the 2017 Maroon and Gold event in St. Louis.
“[I am] someone whose life has been changed by MMA,” Oscar Cortada said. “When I came to MMA, I was lost and angry; when I graduated, I was neither. That’s why I believe in MMA and that it’s my duty to give back any way that I can.”
The new obstacle course, built behind the baseball fields, is a Marine-style course with high and low obstacles that include log climbs, belly crawls, parallel bars, a low wall, and the finale - the rope climb. The equipment is designed to enhance leadership skills, endurance, strength, confidence, problem solving skills, and teamwork. It is also consistent with MMA’s “mind, body, and spirit” educational philosophy that links physical health to mental focus, self-discipline, and confidence.