Cal Ripken, Jr. Opens Youth Development Field at Prince George’s Co. | WDVM25 and DCW50

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There are 7 Ripken Foundation projects across the state, including this Prince George’s County Police Sports League Park

LANDOVER, Md. (WDVM) – Baseball Hall of Famer and Maryland native Cal Ripken, Jr. has partnered with the local police department to open a new baseball diamond in Prince George’s County.

The pitch serves a bigger purpose than just a place for kids to play. It is the first of its kind in the country, built on the grounds of a police department.

“Every time we open one, it hits me, especially for baseball and the relationship between law enforcement and kids,” Ripken, Jr. said.

His foundation has opened more than 100 youth development parks nationwide.

“My father was a coach. My dad used baseball to help connect with kids and help kids in many ways,” the Hall of Famer said.

There are now seven Ripken Foundation projects across the state, including this Prince George’s County Police Athletic League Park.

After his father passed away from lung cancer, he decided to capture his life’s legacy by continuing to help children, especially in underserved areas.

Governor Larry Hogan said, “I think this is going to really help change the lives of some kids in this community.

Prince George’s County Assistant Manager Jackson said, “I’m someone who believes that sport builds character, so we’re thrilled to all be here together in our role to provide an opportunity for the young people of Prince George County.

The project provides a safe environment where young people can learn, grow and play, while bridging the gap between the police and the community.

“I just think it’s a cool thing. I grew up playing baseball just down the street at the Landover Hills Boys and Girls Club,” Hogan said.

Ripken Jr. said, “A week or two later, come back and see the field when it’s actually being used for the purpose we created it for.

There are now 7 Ripken Foundation projects across the state, including this Prince George’s County Police Sports League Park.

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