The SFFLC offers and promotes programs designed to empower individuals with disabilities and disadvantaged youth to achieve improved fitness and well-being. Thousands of children and adults come through the SFFLC’s doors each year to participate in or watch sports activities, workout, or spend time together. Encompassing 55,000 square feet the SFFLC offers four maple-wood basketball courts, two indoor and two outdoor tennis courts, an outdoor junior Olympic size swimming pool, two sand volleyball courts, three squash courts, and a fully equipped strength, cardio, and group exercise complex. In 2018, the SFFLC donated over 1,500 hours of facility usage time to the local community and served over 9,000 kids in youth sports leagues. Additionally, full and partial scholarship fitness memberships are provided to those who cannot afford to pay. The SFFLC believes that finances should never be a barrier to healthy activities, and a scholarship program assists families unable to afford access to sports leagues or exercise facilities. Additionally, the SFFLC supports over 25 local not for profit organizations to carry out their respective missions, some of the activities include:
- Partnering with the Oklahoma City Veterans Affairs Medical Center to provide resources and programs for veterans to improve health and well-being.
- Providing swim lessons for children from Positive Tomorrows School for Homeless Children and the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic.
- Sponsoring and hosting the regional Special Olympics basketball tournament; every fall over 30 teams from across the state come for a day of teamwork, fitness, and fun.
- Sponsoring teams from the Boys & Girls Club to participate in year-round youth basketball leagues at the SFFLC.
- The SFFLC is now the first facility in Oklahoma City to provide year-round multi-sport adaptive sports programming!
Prior to 2007, the SFFLC was a private tennis club, known as the Santa Fe Fitness & Racquet Club. Upon acquiring the facility in 2007, the Columbus Corporation recognized the lack of a community recreation center serving individuals with disabilities in Oklahoma City, and set course to address this issue. The Columbus Corporation immediately began work to transform the formerly private tennis center into a nonprofit community-based recreation center, the Santa Fe Family Life Center. By the end of 2010 the renovation was complete, and the Columbus Corporation’s vision was in place.
The Santa Fe Family Life Center is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization. In addition to the full-time staff, support for the center's activities is provided by volunteers from the Knights of Columbus Oklahoma Council #1038, our community partners, and various other individuals and organizations from the community. The Columbus Corporation is a signature sponsor of the John F. Kennedy Community Service Awards, and its members are an integral part of organizing the event. Whether it is work with individuals with disabilities, youth, senior citizens, or health club members, the meaningful work that goes on in the SFFLC significantly benefits the health and fitness of thousands in our community.
The Santa Fe Family Life Center ("SFFLC") is a nonprofit health and wellness center serving disadvantaged youth and people with disabilities, located in the heart of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The SFFLC is proud to present the JFK Community Service Award to recognize Oklahomans whose philanthropy has served Oklahoma in lasting and significant ways.