Penn Char­ter breaks ground on base­ball com­plex

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Penn Char­ter re­cently cel­e­brated the con­struc­tion of a new base­ball com­plex with a cer­e­mo­nial ground­break­ing.

A dozen alumni, in­clud­ing an owner of the Philadel­phia Phillies, a 2018 grad­u­ate who is now a pro­fes­sional base­ball player and a for­mer MLB player and gen­eral man­ager, at­tended the cer­e­mony.

“This is a great mo­ment in the life of our school,” Head of School Dar­ryl J. Ford said. “This base­ball fa­cil­ity is the start of the trans­for­ma­tion of our cam­pus.”

The new fa­cil­ity is the linch­pin of a mas­ter plan that calls for con­struc­tion of a new ath­let­ics and well­ness cen­ter and a new lower school.

Ford thanked cam­paign donors for their sup­port and Penn Char­ter Over­seers for their shared vi­sion.

“In that spirit of ‘if we build it, they will come’ from ‘Field of Dreams,’ they’ve stepped for­ward to make this hap­pen,” Ford said.

The small crowd gath­ered in the morn­ing sun and wielded chrome shov­els and big smiles, cel­e­brat­ing the mile­stone.

David Mont­gomery ’64, chair­man and mi­nor­ity owner of the Phillies; Ruben Amaro Jr. ’80, for­mer player, gen­eral man­ager, coach and newly named ex­ec­u­tive with the New York Mets; and Mike Siani ’18, re­cently signed by the Cincin­nati Reds, rep­re­sented MLB. They were joined by over­seers, cur­rent and for­mer base­ball coaches and mem­bers of the PC ad­min­is­tra­tive team.

The base­ball fa­cil­ity on Straw­bridge Cam­pus, lo­cated on the west side of School House Lane across from Penn Char­ter’s aca­demic build­ings, is sched­uled to be com­pleted in time for the 2019 base­ball sea­son.

The fa­cil­ity will fea­ture a turf field with an out­field de­sign which, in shape and size, pays homage to Ci­ti­zens Bank Park’s dis­tinc­tive out­field. Plus, the state-ofthe-art com­plex will fea­ture team dugouts, bullpens, bat­ting tun­nels, spec­ta­tor seat­ing, a field sup­port build­ing, rain gar­dens, land­scap­ing and cam­pus park­ing.

The com­plex is the first step in a cam­pus trans­for­ma­tion that will in­clude a new lower school on the site of the cur­rent field house and a new ath­let­ics and well­ness cen­ter on the site of the old base­ball field.

Among the hon­ored guests was Dun­can Mc­Far­land ’61, who has made a $10 mil­lion gift to the $75 mil­lion How Far? cam­paign, mak­ing him the cam­paign’s largest donor. The cam­paign sup­ports ed­u­ca­tional in­no­va­tion, fi­nan­cial aid, fac­ulty pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment and salary in­creases, as well as the build­ing projects.

“The fact that the cap­i­tal cam­paign has come for­ward with such mo­men­tum and suc­cess in­spires us,” Mc­Far­land said re­cently. “We want to mo­ti­vate other peo­ple who share the vi­sion for Penn Char­ter’s fu­ture.”

So far, the school has raised $68 mil­lion in gifts and pledges.

sUb­Mit­ted PhOtO — Penn ChaR­teR

Rick Mel­lor ’69, left, Ruben amaro Jr. ’80, Jane evans, david Mont­gomery ’64, Jeff Rein­hold, dun­can Mc­Far­land ’61 and head of school dar­ryl J. Ford at­tend the cer­e­mo­nial ground­break­ing for Penn Char­ter’s new base­ball fa­cil­ity.

SUB­MIT­TED IM­AGE

An ar­chi­tect ren­der­ing shows Penn Char­ter’s new base­ball fa­cil­ity, which will be lo­cated on Straw­bridge Cam­pus on the west side of School House Lane.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO — PENN CHAR­TER

Justin Han­ley, Penn Char­ter base­ball coach, and Mike Siani ‘18, who signed with the Cincin­nati Reds in June, are pic­tured at the ground­break­ing.

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