Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) August 26, 2014
Today, Under Armour hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil the new Banner Field at Latrobe Park in the Locust Point Neighborhood. The multipurpose synthetic turf field is a donation made to the City of Baltimore through the company’s WIN Baltimore Initiative, which strives to empower athletes of the next generation by providing youth greater access to sports.
Construction of the 89,000 square foot field began in April 2014 and also includes a scoreboard, surrounding walk/run path, lighting, tiered seating, and community parking. To further enhance Latrobe Park, Under Armour donated new flooring, a shade structure, and play equipment to the existing playground. Part of the project was funded by proceeds from Fight Night, an annual fundraiser sponsored by Under Armour and D.C.-based non-profit Fight For Children, which seeks to improve the quality of early childhood and K-12 education.
“Under Armour believes that sports and recreation serve to create stronger, healthier, and more connected communities,” said Stacey Ullrich, Director of Corporate Giving, Under Armour. “Baltimore is and always will be our home, and through our donation of Banner Field, we hope to further expand athletic opportunities for the next generation and foster a sense of pride within the amazing young athletes representing our City.”
"Quality recreational opportunities are vital for a thriving, healthy community," stated Ernest Burkeen, Director of Baltimore City Recreation and Parks. "Banner Field not only adds value to Latrobe Park, but to all of Baltimore. Under Armour has been a great partner to BCRP over the years and we look forward to continuing our work together."
“We are honored to partner with Under Armour in supporting the next generation of great leaders," said Raul Fernandez, Chairman of Fight For Children. "Beyond celebrating the completion of this great field, we are looking forward to another record-breaking Fight Night in 2014 and being able to help even more children in the months ahead.”
Starting this fall, the Digital Harbor High School football team will play all of their home games on Banner Field. After years of playing on various fields, the facility provides the young athletes with an easily accessible home field in the neighborhood with ample seating for friends, family, and fans.
The field and playground will continue to be managed by Baltimore City Recreation and Parks, and utilized by the general public. All scheduling and recreational activities on the field will be managed by the Locust Point Recreation Center. Parties interested in field usage should contact the Locust Point Recreation Center for availability. The field was built in partnership with the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, FIELDS, Inc., Lewis Contractors, and Sparks at Play.
About Under Armour, Inc.
Under Armour, the originator of performance footwear, apparel and equipment, revolutionized how athletes across the world dress. Designed to make all athletes better, the brand's innovative products are sold worldwide to athletes at all levels. Under Armour's wholly owned subsidiary, MapMyFitness, powers one of the world's largest Connected Fitness communities. The Under Armour global headquarters is in Baltimore, Maryland. For further information, please visit the Company's website at http://www.uabiz.com.