The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation (CRSF) and Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) today announced that West Baltimore will be home to the Foundation’s 59th Youth Development Park. Eddie Murray Field at BGE Park will be home to James Mosher Baseball, the oldest continuously operating African-American youth baseball league in the country. Youth Development Parks encourage healthy physical activity and provide mentorship opportunities through youth sports and enrichment programs.
In addition to BGE’s financial support, the Park is made possible thanks to additional financial support from Bon Secours Hospital, which will also develop after school programming at the field with Baltimore City Public Schools. Additional supporters include Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, The Cupid Foundation, Under Armour, The State of Maryland and Fields, Inc.
“It’s crucial that we provide our youth with opportunities to play, learn and grow in a positive environment,” said Baseball Hall of Famer and Ripken Foundation Vice Chairman Cal Ripken, Jr. “Kids need caring adults who can teach them important life lessons like teamwork, respect and personal responsibility; they need guidance to be shown that there are other options besides negative influences. It’s great to provide the kids in West Baltimore with a safe place to play and learn.”
Tom Geddes, Chief Executive Officer of Plank Industries added, “James Mosher Field is one of West Baltimore’s best community assets and we are excited to support this renovation. In addition to Under Armour’s donation, Kevin Plank personally contributed to this project because of the importance of giving our kids great, safe places to play.”
In 2015, the Ripken Foundation impacted over 1 million underserved kids nationwide through its Youth Development Park initiative and youth mentoring programs.