New Boise facility expands recreational opportunities for veterans and athletes with disabilities

Chloe Baul//November 13, 2023//

Idaho Outdoor Fieldhouse in Boise.

New Boise facility expands recreational opportunities for veterans and athletes with disabilities

Chloe Baul//November 13, 2023//

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Bryan Madden, Roger Quarles, executive director, and Kristine Entwistle and others at the ribbon cutting ceremony (Idaho Outdoor Fieldhouse).

BOISE — The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation (JKAF) has announced the completion of the Idaho Outdoor Fieldhouse, sprawling facility spanning seven acres in Boise. 

Its central hub is a 55,000-square-foot facility designed to offer more recreational opportunities for Mission43, an organization assisting military personnel and their spouses in Idaho, and Challenged Athletes Foundation – Idaho (CAF Idaho), which focuses on enabling individuals with physical challenges to engage in athletics and gain independence.

“It’s a campus designed to redefine boundaries, shatter barriers and create a future where individuals, regardless of ability, can thrive in a world-class recreational environment,” said Roger Quarles, executive director at JKAF. “It is with great pride and enthusiasm that we launch the first phase of the Idaho Outdoor Fieldhouse as the vanguard of innovation in inclusive sports and recreation.” 

The campus provides a wide range of amenities, including an aquatic center, gymnasium, rock climbing wall, ninja warrior course, outdoor track and functional fitness areas, as well as conference rooms, administrative offices and a Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy chamber, all within a 46,000-square-foot space.

Bryan Madden, director of the Idaho Outdoor Fieldhouse, called the project an unparalleled venture in Idaho and nationwide. “With a purpose-built space catering to Mission43 members and CAF athletes, the Fieldhouse will elevate our state’s standing as a premier destination for military families and athletes with physical disabilities, further enriching communities across Idaho.” 

Gymnasium at the Idaho Outdoor Fieldhouse.

The Fieldhouse will also serve as a hub for skill development, offering specialized programs, adaptive sports clinics, mentorship opportunities and fitness resources tailored to veterans’ unique needs. 

“As we celebrate our 30th anniversary year, the launch of the Fieldhouse marks a pivotal milestone for the Challenged Athletes Foundation,” said Kristine Entwistle, chief executive officer of CAF Idaho. “It’s not just a building; it symbolizes a dynamic space fostering support, inclusivity and dedication to transforming the lives of athletes with disabilities through the power of sports. This cutting-edge facility will serve as the heartbeat of our commitment to empowering individuals with physical challenges.”