Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation Begins Construction on Multisport Youth Athletic Field in Old South End Neighborhood

The new synthetic turf field will provide local youth with a clean, safe place to learn, play and grow

Toledo, Ohio - July 15, 2019 – Today, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation broke ground on a new youth development park located in the Old South End neighborhood. Together, in partnership with the City of Toledo, Rick and Nancy Corbett Field will serve as the central location for the YMCA of Greater Toledo and The Believe Center programs.

The 75,000 square-foot multisport synthetic turf playing field will be lined for youth baseball/softball, football and soccer and complete with a digital scoreboard, backstop, dugouts and fencing. Upon completion, the YMCA will manage and maintain the field and work closely with the Ripken Foundation and other partners to create programs to engage at-risk young people. The programs will address a variety of youth development needs, which include character development, health and physical education, and culture and history.

“It’s an exciting day for the Old South End community. Now that the shovels are in the ground and the work has begun, we are that much closer to bringing this neighborhood a safe, clean place to learn and grow for generations to come,” said Steve Salem, President and CEO of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation.

The Ripken Foundation’s Youth Development Park initiative creates clean, safe places for kids to play on multipurpose, synthetic surface fields that promotes healthy living in an outdoor recreational facility. Since 2009, the Ripken Foundation has more than 85 completed parks across the country in 22 states.

“Cal Ripken is one of the most iconic names in the history of baseball, so any program that has his name on it will be excellent,” Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz said. “We are committed to providing more and better recreational opportunities for Toledo, and being able to do that while also helping to revitalize one of our historic neighborhoods, is truly a grand slam.” 

About the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation

For the last 18 years, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation has worked tirelessly to implement youth development programs and create parks that directly address the problems facing at-risk youth in distressed communities across the country. Inspired by one of the most iconic baseball families, the Ripkens created the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation to honor the legacy of its family patriarch, longtime coach, and mentor, Cal Ripken, Sr. The Ripken Foundation uses sports-themed activities to bring police officers, youth partners and underserved kids ages 9 – 14 together on a level playing field to learn invaluable life skills.

The Ripken Foundation’s Youth Development Park Initiative creates clean, safe places for kids to play on multipurpose, synthetic surface fields that promote healthy living in an outdoor recreational facility. Since 2009, the Ripken Foundation has 85 completed parks across the country in 22 states.  In 2018, the Ripken Foundation impacted over 1.5 million kids nationwide through its Youth Development Park and mentor programs. For more information, visit www.RipkenFoundation.org. Follow @CalRipkenSrFdn on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

CONTACT:          

Katy Ford, Maroon PR/CRSF, 443-695-8099, Katy@MaroonPR.com                                

Ignazio Messina, City of Toledo, 419-245-1520, Ignazio.messina@toledo.oh.gov