Just days after the end of the school year, the co-located Elmhurst Community Prep School and Alliance Academy are receiving a remarkable boost from The Oakland Athletics, The Scotts Company LLC (Scotts) and Major League Baseball.
The baseball field used by the pair of middle schools is newly renovated, and its official unveiling was Wednesday, June 14.
“Oakland Unified School District has hit a homerun in partnering with the Oakland A’s. The relationship has provided resources and funding to refurbish this field at Elmhurst Community Prep School and Alliance Academy,” said OUSD Deputy Chief of Facilities & Planning Joe Dominguez.
“OUSD is dedicated to providing a clean and fun place to play for our children and families and we thank the A’s, Major League Baseball and Scotts for their work to make this beautiful field a reality,” he said.
Expected to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony were representatives from the Athletics, including MLB Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson, Scotts, MLB and the Oakland Cal Ripken Baseball League.
After the ceremony, the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation led a baseball clinic on the field for 50 youth baseball players from the Oakland Cal Ripken Baseball League.
“Oakland has a rich tradition of baseball and the A’s are excited to join Scotts and Major League Baseball to provide a quality, safe place for children to play the game that we love,” said Oakland A’s President Dave Kaval.
This project is part of the Scotts® Field Refurbishment Program, a partnership between Scotts, MLB and its Clubs to give back to kids and communities around the country by renovating youth baseball and softball fields.
“These field refurbishments are just one way we can give back to youth and communities across the country. Encouraging fans and families to get outside and enjoy activities like baseball is what this program is all about,” said Josh Peoples, vice president and general manager of Scotts.