CRSF 50th Field Chicago – Freedom Field at Marquette Park. Video courtesy of VPC.
(CHICAGO, Illinois) – The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation (CRSF) held a ribbon cutting ceremony on September 29th, unveiling its 50th multi-purpose synthetic turf Youth Development Park, marking its goal of completing 50 fields in five years.
Over the last five years, the Ripken Foundation has developed 50 multi-purpose synthetic turf facilities in 16 states, impacting over 220,000 youth.
Named in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King and members of the Freedom Movement’s march through Marquette Park in 1965, Freedom Field will serve as a place for youth organizations to run after school programming, keeping kids safe and offering a variety of activities that teach life skills through sports. It will provide a positive outlet for youth, who reside in a community with a statistically high crime rate, with mentorship through sports and recreation.
Shaw Sports Turf is the exclusive turf manufacturer for Sports Fields, Inc., which provides the fields for the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation.
Sports Fields, Inc. is an internationally recognized sports fields and parks master planning, pre-construction, construction, maintenance and operations organization headquartered in the greater Atlanta area. It provides end-to-end or single-source solutions to a wide range of clients who are seeking to address their sports applications needs. [Read more…]