Cal Ripken Jr. was unable to make it to Friday's ribbon-cutting ceremony for Sunshine Park in Bragg Hill, but he had written a letter of thanks to philanthropist Doris Buffett and her support of the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation and the park.
Kevin Bingham, COO of the Ripken foundation, read the letter. Ripken said in the letter that years ago Doris Buffett and Warren contracted her about building a ball park in Fredericksburg for youth at-risk children.
"Little did we know this idea would blossom into a wonderful and beautful park that you are at here today," Ripken wrote.
To help address the growing needs of the Fredericksburg area's youth, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation is building Sunshine Ballpark in partnership with the City of Fredericksburg. This facility, which has received outstanding support from the local community, will become the cornerstone for much of the Foundation's work in the region.
This unique, multipurpose facility is designed to use baseball and softball themed programs to address a variety of youth development needs that include character development, health and physical education, culture, and history.
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