A place to learn and grow.


    A place to learn and grow.


    A place to learn and grow.


    A place to learn and grow.

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Learn more about The Kroc Center in Biloxi, MS

In keeping with Mrs. Kroc’s charge that every Kroc Center be a beacon of hope and an agent of change in an under-served community, the Salvation Army Kroc Center is located in the very heart of the East Biloxi Community, at the historic Yankie Stadium. The Center provides facilities, programs and services that encourage positive living, offer life-changing experiences for children and adults, strengthen families and enrich the lives of seniors. These facilities, programs and services promote educational enrichment, life skills development and spiritual and physical wellness.

While The Salvation Army Kroc Center is ideally located to meet the needs of underserved residents, the programs and services provided are being designed to serve as a magnet that will attract the entire coast community, be financially self-sustaining and further the mission of The Salvation Army.

Kroc Center Features:

  • 52,000 square feet
  • Indoor Aquatics Center
    • Exercise Pool, Zero-Depth Entry, Lap Pool, Splash Pad, Two-Story Waterslide
  • Chapel/Performing Arts Center
  • Multi-purpose gym designed for basketball, indoor soccer, volleyball, pickleball, and more
  • Fitness Center
  • Group Fitness and Dance Studio
  • Locker Rooms
  • Multi-purpose room/dining hall for Salvation Army and community events, classrooms and meeting rooms
  • Child Watch
  • Lobby for art and music exhibits
  • Stadium complex
    • Full Athletic Field, 1/4 mile Track, Visitor Stands

The Kroc Centers started with one woman’s dream:

Meet Joan Kroc, Philanthropist & Kroc Benefactor

Joan Kroc, wife of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, said that she took a tour of San Diego and it was then that she recognized a community that was in desperate need of a safe gathering place, a place with facilities and trained professionals to nurture children’s social skills, arts appreciation and athletic potential. She described The Kroc Center as being a beacon of light and hope in the community.

Mrs. Kroc entrusted The Salvation Army with $90 million to build the first Kroc Center in the Rolando neighborhood of San Diego. Sadly, she passed away a little more than a year after it opened. She was so pleased with what was accomplished here that she left $1.5 billion to The Salvation Army to build centers like this across the country. Today, there are 26 Kroc Centers nationwide.

We can help bring our city together by declaring our love to all of its children and showing them the faith we have in their future.

—Joan Kroc, 1998

The Salvation Army Mission

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church.
Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

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