Baseball Hall of Fame Star Cal Ripken, Jr. and NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick believe in the future of our Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club Members. They believe in their possibilities and have invested their foundations' money in a $1.2 million sports park at the site of our future Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club and Community Center. The two joined more than 130 others for the ribbon cutting of the Kevin Harvick Foundation Park on November 4th. Mark Butler, CEO of Ollie's Bargain Outlet also made a large contribution to the facility. The park consists of professional level turf fields for the children of The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs to spend their time playing sports and developing their character.
The logo in the center of the field of The Kevin Harvick Foundation Park.
Major Don Vick kicked off the event speaking to the crowd in an emotional speech about his family’s journey and their reliance on The Salvation Army and Boys & Girls Club programs when he was growing up. Major addressed Kevin, Cal, and Mark, by stating “not only do I see this facility as an incredible sports park. I see it as a platform for teaching positive character, building great kids into great adults.” The crowd was more than receptive to his speech, as there were not many dry eyes on the field.
The afternoon continued with inspirational remarks from both Cal Ripken Jr. and Kevin Harvick. Each athlete explained their reasoning for supporting this project, with both agreeing that organized sports can truly improve a child’s development and future. The Salvation Army of Greensboro is so thankful for their foundations’ commitment to building this tremendous field! We know that many lives will be changed for the better on this very turf.
Next on the agenda was the official ribbon cutting for the field opening. Kevin Harvick, Cal Ripken, Jr., and Mark Butler, along with many others, cut the fancy red ribbon to acknowledge the grand opening of The Kevin Harvick Foundation Park! Smiles were all around, but the largest came from the rush of kids running onto the field to enjoy a game of quickball. Even Cal Ripken, Jr. and Kevin Harvick joined in on the fun and everyone had a blast watching the kids enjoy this new facility.
Up at bat during quickball!
Thank you to all that has made this field a reality! The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs will enjoy this facility for years to come and that is thanks to the kind hearts of The Kevin Harvick Foundation andThe Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation.
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