Richmond, Virginia

The Bainbridge and Blackwell neighborhoods in Richmond have long dealt with the social problems -such as crime-that come along with poverty. A report was done and one recommendation was that physical activities and sports should be emphasized,-as an engaging way for trained adult mentors to, provide structure and guidance to the neighborhood children. The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation viewed this as an excellent opportunity to help build a supportive community and provide a safe place for the youth to play and learn.



A rendering of the Youth Development Park to be built in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Richmond


The current plan is to build -a state-of-the art facility, which would be designed to be attractive, safe, fun, and educational in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Richmond. $1 million is needed to begin construction on the ball field and to fund the initial programming at the site.

Campaign Co-Chairs
Richard J. November, President, Continental Development Corporation
R.L. Terrell Williams, Vice President, BB&T Insurance Services, Inc.

Youth Development Park Components:

  • It will be a multiuse field that will host the Ripken Foundation's programs, and other activities like flag football and soccer.
  • The complex will be designed to host family and community outings.
  • The facility will offer many features to encourage and support daily physical fitness activities for the entire community including a running track and 12 exercise stations.
  • It will be located at the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Richmond; on the border of the Bainbridge and Blackwell neighborhoods.
  • When the park is completed, it will provide the proper environment within the Bainbridge/ Blackwell community for the Ripken Foundation program to begin changing young lives in the Richmond inner city.

To make a donation, click here, or contact Chuck Brady, Vice President, at or 804-423-6432 to learn more and make this part of your legacy!



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