SmartStop Self Storage, the retail brand for Strategic Storage Trust Inc., has donated $25,000 to San Juan Hills High School in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., for the construction of a new scoreboard at its baseball field. The nine-inning scoreboard will take two months to make and is expected to be installed by the end of this year’s baseball season or shortly thereafter, according to a company press release.
“This will be a top-notch scoreboard, one of the best for a high-school field,” said Jeremey Wooten, the school’s head baseball coach. “Our team is extremely proud and excited to have such an amazing new scoreboard. The community has wanted this for a long time, and it’s been a long time coming. But that makes it that much more exciting.”
Wooten and supporters of the baseball program have been trying to obtain a state-of-the-art scoreboard since 2008, a year after the high school opened. The coach said he received approval from the school district this year but still needed money to make the purchase.
A student’s parent put Wooten in touch with SmartStop chairman and CEO H. Michael Schwartz, and after an hour-long meeting with the coach, Schwartz decided to donate the money. “Michael’s an amazing person,” Wooten said. “He’s clearly a dynamite entrepreneur with a passion for helping the community in any way he can.”
“We are honored to be able to contribute to this amazing school and athletics department,” Schwartz said. “Our goal is to help the local community build quality amenities for students, athletes and parents. A new scoreboard can make a huge difference in team spirit.”
Strategic Storage Trust is a publicly registered non-traded self-storage real estate investment trust. Launched in 2008, the company’s portfolio of wholly-owned properties includes 123 properties in 17 states and Canada. The portfolio, branded as SmartStop Self Storage, includes approximately 78,000 self-storage units and 10.3 million rentable square feet of storage space.
(From left) San Juan High School baseball players Brandon Scorpato and Austin Willard, SmartStop CEO H. Michael Schwartz, SJHHS head baseball coach Jeremey Wooten, and players Josh Robison and Mario Morales.