Cal Ripkin, Sr. Foundation and City of Tampa to Announce Partnership to Build Youth Development Park on Thursday, October 23

03/18/15

WHAT:

Press Conference to announce partnership between Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and the City of Tampa to bring a Youth Development Park to the Springhill Park Community Center in Sulphur Springs.

WHO:

MAYOR BOB BUCKHORN – City of Tampa
GREG BAYOR – Director, City of Tampa Parks and Recreation
STEVE SALEM – President, Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation

WHEN:

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 2:00 p.m.

**Interview requests MUST be made in advance to Taylor Mead at Taylor@MaroonPR.com or Katy Ford at Katy@MaroonPR.com.

WHERE:

Springhill Park Community Center
(1000 E Eskimo Ave, Tampa, FL 33604)

WHY:

The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation (CRSF) and the City of Tampa will hold a press conference to announce plans to bring a new Youth Development Park to Springhill Park Community Center in Sulphur Springs on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. The new ball field will feature an all-weather, low maintenance synthetic turf surface, new dugouts, scoreboard backstop, and bleachers, for use by youth baseball throughout the city.

The Ripken Foundation will work closely with the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department to create and offer programs that will address a variety of youth development needs, which include health and physical education, as well as culture and history. The Ripken Foundation will continue to utilize the field and implement character education programming and clinics, including Badges for Baseball, a multi-faceted mentoring program that partners with local law enforcement as coaches and mentors to at-risk youth.

The goal of the Youth Development Park initiative is to develop several unique, multi-purpose, low maintenance fields with synthetic turf that will provide a cohesive recreational and educational experience for underserved young people across the United States. With plans to build 50 fields in five years, the Ripken Foundation currently has 32 Youth Development Parks actively in use and 30 fields in development or fundraising stages throughout the country.

The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation uses baseball- and softball-themed programs to help build character and teach critical life lessons to underserved youth residing in America’s most distressed communities. Founded in 2001 by members of the Ripken family in memory of their patriarch Cal, Sr., the Foundation works to create programs that positively impact at-risk youth through active community partnerships with America’s most successful youth service organizations. The Ripken Foundation has impacted over 1 million kids nationwide through its Youth Development Park initiative and Badges for Baseball programming, since 2001.


CONTACT:

CAL RIPKEN, SR. FOUNDATION

Katy Ford
Maroon PR
443-864-4246
Katy@MaroonPR.com

Taylor Mead
Maroon PR
443-864-4246
Taylor@MaroonPR.com


CITY OF TAMPA

Ali Glisson
813-274-8262
Ali.Glisson@tampagov.net

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