In an effort to "create a sustainable resourse for the community," The Midcoast Athletics Center has become a non-profit, known as MAC283 Foundation.

The facility, off Route 1, has youth and adult athletic programs, among other offerings.

Rachel Coor temporarily will serve as president of the board of directors, but hopes to transition into an executive director role. The Midcoast native helped spearhead the resurrection of the facility a few months ago after it had closed due to financial difficulties directly related to the pandemic.

Over the months, the reopened facility has flourished with a variety of family-, youth- and adult-oriented sports-related programs.

"With the foundation, we can focus on keeping costs low and making The MAC a place where all families have a place to play, regardless of income," Coor said. "As the foundation grows, we will be able to provide need-based tuition assistance and merit-based college scholarships to our athletes. We also want to provide our athletes with a network that will help them develop not only as athletes, but as leaders in the community. We want to be transparent with costs and still be able to provide high-quality instruction. The non-profit status will allow us to do legitimate fundraisers, utilize volunteers, accept tax-deductible donations, and really focus on the needs of the community when it comes to children being physically active."

Coor said the goal from day one has been to operate The MAC as a non-profit, but the Internal Revenue Service process takes time, she said.

She explained no one person "owns" a non-profit. She said like all non-profits, there will be oversight by a board of directors.

"Right now, our board is small, but we will grow," she said, adding she will be board president until the situation becomes more settled. Then she will transition to an executive director role.

MAC283 Foundation's other board members, for now, are Sam Renaut, who was the director of the Sports Law & Business program at Arizona State University and now is a consultant for Deloitte, which provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax, and advisory services to many of the world's most admired brands, as well as Heather Simmons, who operates local seafood businesses with her husband, Keith.

"We want to add board members that are truly invested in small communities and who value the role of athletics in a child's life," Coor said.

Coor said there will be programs within the physical MAC building that will remain under the MAC283, LLC umbrella — for example, the tanning beds cannot be billed as a non-profit, and Hybrid Fitness will continue to operate privately.

"Now that we're finally official, most of our staff will transition to foundation employees, but nothing about our programs will change in terms of curriculum," Coor said. "Hopefully we'll just continue to be the place where kids want to go after school, where they can play multiple different sports under one roof, and where they can do everything from learn basic fundamentals to train for the pros."

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