Baltimore Gas and Electric Company and The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation broke ground November 18 at the future site of Eddie Murray Field at BGE Park in West Baltimore. Recognizing the need for change within the Baltimore community, the Ripken Foundation and BGE will develop the Youth Development Park to provide youth in the West Baltimore community with mentorship through sports and recreation.
Speakers from the ribbon cutting ceremony included Cal Ripken Jr., Baseball Hall of Famer and Ripken Foundation vice-chairman; Eddie Murray, Baseball Hall of Famer; Calvin G. Butler Jr., CEO, BGE; and Steve Salem, President, Ripken Foundation.
“It’s with great pride that we dedicate this field to my dear friend, Eddie Murray,” said Cal Ripken Jr. “Kids in our local communities need our help now more than ever, especially when it comes to finding a positive environment where they can play, learn and grow. Because of our dedicated partners in BGE, we can provide the youth in West Baltimore with a safe place to simply be kids.”
Named in honor of Baseball Hall of Famer and Orioles legend Eddie Murray, the youth size baseball field will host after-school programming in addition to James Mosher Baseball – the oldest continuously operating African-American youth baseball league in the country. The programming will help keep kids safe by providing a positive outlet, mentorship opportunities and a variety of activities that teach life skills.
“This park is a symbol of BGE’s commitment to the Baltimore region, and we are pleased to provide this legacy gift in our 200th anniversary year,” said BGE Chief Executive Officer Calvin G. Butler Jr. “BGE supports initiatives that positively impact the community, especially the lives of young people-our most precious resource.”
Eddie Murray Field at BGE Park will feature a synthetic turf baseball diamond equipped with dugouts, a backstop, and a digital scoreboard. Located behind James Mosher Elementary, the field will be gifted to and maintained by the Baltimore City Public School system. BGE’s support of this and other corporate citizenship programs is made possible through the use of Exelon shareholder dollars.
Over the last six years, the Ripken Foundation has completed 60 multipurpose synthetic turf facilities, impacting over 239,000 youth in 16 states nationwide, including 11 parks located throughout the Baltimore area. Additionally, the Ripken Foundation continues to reshape the relationship between law enforcement and youth in Baltimore communities through its Badges for Baseball juvenile crime prevention program.
BGE, founded in 1816 as the nation’s first gas utility, is Maryland’s largest natural gas and electric utility. Headquartered in Baltimore, BGE delivers power to more than 1.25 million electric customers and more than 650,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. The company’s approximately 3,200 employees are committed to the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.
About the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation
For the last 15 years, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation has worked tirelessly to implement youth development programs that directly address the problems facing at-risk youth in distressed circumstances across the country. Inspired by one of the most iconic baseball families, the Ripken’s created the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation to honor the legacy of its family patriarch, longtime coach, and mentor, Cal Ripken, Sr. The Ripken Foundation use sports-themed programs to bring police officers, youth partners and underserved kids ages 8 to 14 together on a level playing field to learn invaluable life skills.
In addition, the Ripken Foundation’s Youth Development Park Initiative creates clean, safe places for kids to play on multi-purpose, synthetic surface fields that promote healthy living in an outdoor recreational facility. In just five years, the Ripken Foundation has created 60 completed parks across the country, impacting over 239,000 kids annually. In 2015, the Ripken Foundation impacted over 1 million kids nationwide through its Youth Development Parks and mentor programs. Learn more here. Like on Facebook/CalRipkenSrFdn and follow them on Twitter (@CalRipkenSrFdn) and Instagram (@calripkensrfoundation).