Our Society: Millsap Youth Association

Updated: Aug 1

Jeremmy and Lindsey McEntire —

New Residents Determined to Make a Positive Difference

By Marsha Brown

Photography by Steve Schillio

McEntire family (courtesy photo)


Some long-time Parker County residents see “those new people,” as folks that just want to move in, buy a few acres, and complain about how Parker Countians don’t do things like, “we did back home,” as they spend most of their time and money in Fort Worth.

Clearly, the complainers haven’t met the McEntires.

Jeremmy and Lindsey McEntire spent 8 years working together, building up their Dallas County-based business called ES&H of Dallas, L.L.C.


“...The helmets we were using were out of date. That’s a big safety issue.”

“Together, we built one of the most valuable environmental response companies in Texas,” Jeremmy McEntire said. “Together, we created the family we always dreamed of. Together, we decided that we wanted to be in the Longhorn business with our young children.”

The company provided hazmat cleanup, emergency and spill response, light industrial services and transportation as well as logistics for waste disposal and recycling.


In 2018, publicly-traded US Ecology, Inc. (NASDAQ-GS: ECOL) purchased ES&H of Dallas. That’s when the McEntires moved to Millsap with their children (Jerred, now 23, Jaxx, now 9, and Adissen, who is now 7), invested in a few head of longhorn cattle, established McEntire Farms and immediately began looking for ways in which they could give back to their new community and neighbors.

 

Jeremmy, whose background is in youth sports, was quickly drawn to the Millsap Youth Association (he’s now on the organization’s board of directors) and coached youth football last year. The McEntires made a hefty donation to the organization, but quickly noticed that more was needed.


The facility the Millsap Youth Association uses is desperately in need of repairs and most of the organization’s equipment needs to be replaced, Jeremmy said.

“We can’t apply for grants to improve the sports facilities because we don’t own the sports complex that we use,” Jeremmy said, adding that, “the helmets we were using were out of date. That’s a big safety issue.”


Football helmets do expire and playing with an expired helmet is a safety issue. “This year, we bought all new helmets and shoulder pads for the kids.”

The athletic facilities that the organization uses also leave something to be desired.

“I’m looking to get some donors to donate land for a new youth complex, possibly with naming rights so we can build our own facilities,” he said.


The problems with the existing facilities are too numerous to name, but they include no parking accommodations leaving parents and kids to park on a busy thoroughfare, FM 113, and walk across the road,

which can be dangerous.

“We have to use the (Millsap) High School facilities for football and because we don’t have our own fields,” Jeremmy said. “That’s pretty typical for football but youth sports organizations normally have their own baseball fields.”


The high school has a grass football field that is not in prime condition and needs improvements to include adding turf. Millsap is one of the last schools in Parker County to make the transition to a turf field. All high school athletic facilities in Millsap also need some more attention.


“The school board is sitting on a substantial amount of money earmarked for improvements but they haven’t acted on it,” Jeremmy said.


“We love the Millsap schools. Our kids fell in love with Millsap schools..."

The Millsap school board has expressed interest in allocating money for an Ag barn before improving its athletic facilities.


“They have far less kids in Ag,” Jeremmy said. “I’m trying to get Millsap to invest in our youth and get better sports facilities.”


Parker County is the second-fastest growing county in the state. When families are considering making a move to a community, the first thing they tend to do is drive around and scope out the schools.

 

“Here’s a picture of our multi-million-dollar elementary school,” Jeremmy said. “But this is the way we keep our flower beds in front of it. Where’s the commitment of the administrators? I think that all the families want to support the schools, but you can’t just sit on your couch and not push the issue.”


Millsap High School is a 3A school.


“Every kid touches the football field from band, football, cheerleading to graduation,” Jeremmy said.


“We love the Millsap schools. Our kids fell in love with Millsap schools. We love the teachers. But we believe that there are things that we could do better. We want to help. The kids shouldn’t have to run on a track riddled with holes. The ISD has some money in their budget. We can definitely do some things to make things better for our youth.”



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