Ripken Foundation opens field on Southside

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -  Former professional baseball players building a baseball field.  You'd think the Ripkens are trying to promote the sport they grew up loving.  But the new park built on the Southside is about much more than the nation's past time.

The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation has completed a multipurpose Youth Development Park located at the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Richmond, on the border of the Bainbridge and Blackwell neighborhoods. The field will provide underserved young people in Richmond a safe place to play and participate in character development programs. Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) will be providing a truck full of new product during the Richmond ribbon cutting, as well as for additional on-going programs throughout the year.

The new complex is designed to host family and community outings and will offer many features to encourage and support daily physical fitness activities for the entire community including a running track and eight exercise stations.

This initiative is part of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation's "Swing for the Future" campaign, which was developed to provide at-risk youth in select neighborhoods safe places to play and learn.  The goal is to develop several unique, multi-purpose, low maintenance fields with synthetic turf provided by AstroTurf, which will provide a cohesive recreational and educational experience for underserved young people across the United States.

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