Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and BGE Unveil Plans for Youth Development Park in West Baltimore

Field will be home to James Mosher Baseball – the oldest continuously
operating African-American youth baseball league in the country

BALTIMORE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation (CRSF) and Baltimore Gas and Electric
(BGE) today announced that West Baltimore will be home to the
Foundation’s 59th Youth Development Park. Eddie Murray Field
at BGE Park will be home to James Mosher Baseball, the oldest
continuously operating African-American youth baseball league in the
country. Youth Development Parks encourage healthy physical activity and
provide mentorship opportunities through youth sports and enrichment
programs.


In addition to BGE’s financial support, the Park is made possible thanks
to additional financial support from Bon Secours Hospital, which will
also develop after school programming at the field with Baltimore City
Public Schools. Additional supporters include Ollie’s Bargain Outlet,
The Cupid Foundation, Under Armour, The State of Maryland and Fields,
Inc.

“It’s crucial that we provide our youth with opportunities to play,
learn and grow in a positive environment,” said Baseball Hall of Famer
and Ripken Foundation Vice Chairman Cal Ripken, Jr. “Kids need caring
adults who can teach them important life lessons like teamwork, respect
and personal responsibility; they need guidance to be shown that there
are other options besides negative influences. It’s great to provide the
kids in West Baltimore with a safe place to play and learn.”

Named in honor of Baseball Hall of Famer and Baltimore Orioles legend
Eddie Murray, the youth size baseball field will host after-school
programming in addition to James Mosher Baseball. These programs will
help keep kids safe by providing a positive outlet, mentorship
opportunities, and a variety of activities that teach life skills.

“BGE and Baltimore have been intertwined since the 1800’s and we are
extremely proud to partner with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and
provide this legacy gift to the city on our 200th
anniversary,” said Calvin G. Butler, Jr., chief executive officer for
BGE. “BGE shares CRSF’s mission to positively impact the community,
especially the lives of young people. Investing in our youth in the
communities that need it most will provide the foundation for growth and
strengthen Baltimore.”

Tom Geddes, Chief Executive Officer of Plank Industries added, “James
Mosher Field is one of West Baltimore’s best community assets and we are
excited to support this renovation. In addition to Under Armour’s
donation, Kevin Plank personally contributed to this project because of
the importance of giving our kids great, safe places to play.”

Eddie Murray Field at BGE Park will be a state-of-the art facility
featuring 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.

In 2015, the Ripken Foundation impacted over 1 million underserved kids
nationwide through its Youth Development Park initiative and youth
mentoring programs.

About the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation (CRSF)

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 completed 59
parks across the country, impacting over 235,000 kids annually. In 2015,
the Ripken Foundation impacted over 1 million kids nationwide through
its youth programming and Youth Development Parks.

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
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Contacts

Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE)
Justin Mulcahy, 410-470-7433
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