NASCAR DRIVER KEVIN HARVICK PARTNERS WITH THE CAL RIPKEN, SR. FOUNDATION TO INSTALL SHAW SPORTS TURF FIELD FOR KIDS

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(GREENSBORO, North Carolina) - Kids at the Greensboro, North Carolina Boys and Girls Club will now be able to play on a field made by Shaw Sports Turf, thanks to the Kevin Harvick Foundation and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation.

The Youth Development Park is being funded by foundation started by NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick and his wife DeLana. The field, which will open in 2015, will be the 40th such park built by the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. The charity is on a mission to construct 50 such fields by the end of 2015.

The park will be located in an underserved community and the synthetic turf field, manufactured by Shaw Sports Turf, will be used for soccer, baseball, flag football, and lacrosse.

The Kevin Harvick Foundation and Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation are teaming up to provide the Greensboro Boys & Girls Club with a “field of dreams” for generations to come.

The Kevin Harvick Foundation, established in 2010 by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick and his wife, DeLana, is funding the construction of the Kevin Harvick Youth Development Park in Greensboro, N.C. The multi-purpose sports complex, scheduled to open in 2015, marks the 40th facility built by the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation for use by Boys & Girls Clubs across the country. The park, to be located in an underserved community, features a synthetic-surface, outdoor field suitable for soccer, baseball, flag football and lacrosse.

“The Kevin Harvick Foundation is honored to help further the legacy of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation in our own backyard in Greensboro,” Kevin Harvick said. “Years ago, DeLana and I made helping underprivileged children a priority, and the Ripken family is of the same mindset. Whether in the NASCAR or baseball community, much of what we do revolves around our passion for children. I can’t thank Mark Butler (Chairman of the Board of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and President and CEO of Ollie’s Bargain Outlet) enough for introducing Cal Jr. and me. Ours has been a great partnership in a number of ways, and this is only the beginning.”

“I am thrilled that Kevin (Harvick) has decided to join our board of directors and get so involved with the foundation,” Cal Ripken, Jr. said. “His commitment to children and to his community is fantastic, and I am excited to work with him in the years ahead. Kevin is not only a tremendous athlete, but he uses the platform that racing has provided him to give back in a real and significant way.”

The two charitable organizations are not only building a field, they will work closely with the Boys and Girls Club on health and safety initiative for the kids, as well as programs which foster discipline, self-respect, and achievement in school, athletics, and life.

Shaw Sports Turf of Dalton, Georgia, manufactures the fields for the Youth Development Parks initiative. The goal of the Youth Development Park initiative is to develop several unique, multi-purpose, low maintenance fields with synthetic turf that will provide a cohesive recreational and educational experience for underserved young people across the United States. Upon completion of the project, the parks are gifted to a trusted youth-serving organization or local municipality so the children have access, ownership, and pride for their park.

“The Ripken name is associated with excellence, and Shaw Sports Turf is a world-class manufacturer with those same values,” said Steve Salem, president of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. “Working together, we will be able to provide top-quality, safe environments for at-risk youth and communities in-need throughout the country.”

“We use baseball as a hook to get in front of kids and help build character and teach critical life lessons,” said Ripken, Jr. “Allowing kids to play on world-class fields like those made by Shaw Sports Turf just makes it easier to accomplish that mission.”

About Shaw Sports Turf
A wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Shaw Industries is a full flooring provider to the residential and commercial markets. Shaw supplies carpet, hardwood, laminate, resilient, and tile/ stone flooring products, as well as synthetic turf. Shaw Sports Turf is one of the leading synthetic turf companies in North America and has represented quality and innovation for more than two decades with over 1,500 successful installations, including an impressive list of high-profile field installations. For more information please visit www.shawsportsturf.com, call 866-703-4004 or find us on Facebook.

About The Kevin Harvick Foundation
Established in 2010 by Harvick and his wife, DeLana, the mission of the Kevin Harvick Foundation (KHF) is to support programs that enrich the lives of children throughout the United States. The Foundation works to not only improve the quality of life, but to help underprivileged youth find and realize their dreams by supporting programs such as the Kevin Harvick Athletic Scholarship Fund at California State University-Bakersfield and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, a camper cabin at Victory Junction Gang Camp and Boys & Girls Clubs.

About The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation
The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation uses baseball- and softball-themed programs to help build character and teach critical life lessons to underserved youth residing in America’s most distressed communities. Founded in 2001 by members of the Ripken family in memory of their patriarch, Cal, Sr., the Foundation works to create programs that positively impact at-risk youth through active community partnerships with America’s most successful youth service organizations. The Ripken Foundation uses the baseball and softball field to help teach life’s critical lessons such as perseverance, loyalty, nutrition, hard work and leadership to young people residing in disadvantaged communities. The Foundation is also designing and building Youth Development Parks, multi-purpose, synthetic surface fields in underserved communities to give kids a clean and safe place to play and learn. The Ripken Foundation has impacted over 1 million kids nationwide through its Youth Development Park and Badges for Baseball programming.

By:  Todd Britton

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The turf logo about to be installed on the new Shaw Sports Turf field at Sylvan Hills High School

The turf logo about to be installed on the new Shaw Sports Turf field at Sylvan Hills High School

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Pulaski Academy's Kevin Kelley

Pulaski Academy’s Kevin Kelley

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