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