The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, the Kevin Harvick Foundation and Group 1001 joined us to unveil a multisport playing field at our Milton Road Club that will provide youth who need us most in Charlotte with a safe place to learn, play and compete.
The 52,000 square foot multisport playing field is lined for youth baseball/softball and soccer. The facility includes a synthetic turf baseball field and soccer field. It is complete with a digital scoreboard, backstop, dugouts, foul poles, bleachers and sidewalks.
Speakers at the ribbon-cutting ceremony included Kevin Harvick, NASCAR Cup Champion and Kevin Harvick Foundation co-founder; Melissa Jacobs, vice president, sponsorships, Group 1001; and Steve Salem, president and CEO, Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. This is the fourth athletic field installation Kevin Harvick has had the opportunity to support. Harvick serves on the board of the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, the organization that spearheaded the project. Group 1001 has also provided a $5 million donation that has supported the construction of similar fields across the nation.
“It’s a wonderful addition to what we are going to be able to do to help kids in this community and in Charlotte,” said Major Larry Broome, Area Commander for The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte. “We are really grateful to the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, Kevin Harvick Foundation and Group 1001 – great partners who are helping us to do more good.”
“It’s fun giving back,” said NASCAR champion Kevin Harvick. “There’s nothing like giving kids an outlet to have a chance to change the course and direction of their life by putting them in a quality facility, safe facility and putting them around quality human beings that help point them in the right direction as they grow up.”
“You see the impact at a Boys & Girls Club like this one,” Harvick continued. “There are going to be thousands of little feet that touch this field and go in and out of that building for the next 20, 25 years, as long as this field will last.”
The official unveiling of the new facility brought out a number of key supporters including Salvation Army board members, Boys & Girls Club council members and important contributors to the field project and sprucing up of the grounds.
Special thanks to
- Concrete Supply Company, Allison Fence Company and Vulcan Materials Company who provided donations of supplies, materials and labor.
- Salsarita’s for helping to fund the spruce up of our playground area.
- The Fred & Nancy Brumley Foundation and Mecklenburg Optimist Club, who are providing additional funding to support other construction projects on the grounds that will help make this field an asset to the entire community.
This field will not only be a tremendous asset for our Club members. It’ll be a gathering spot and catalyst for the community.
“Yes, it’s about sports, it’s about fun and recreation, but kids will learn about character and what it means to give back,” said Broome. “We are looking forward to building good citizens in our community.”