Tuesday, June 21, 2011
SF Rec & Park and SF Giants Team Up to Support RPD Summer Camp
SF Giants Hitting Coach Hensley ‘Bam Bam’ Meulens gives kids hitting instruction
San Francisco – Today, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) and Giants Hitting Coach, Hensley ‘Bam Bam’ Meulens provided hitting instruction, and other baseball skills for more than a hundred kids from RPD Sports Summer Camp and Mo Magic, a Western Addition community organization.
“Today’s event was one of the best I’ve been a part of since being in San Francisco. Rec & Park organized a great clinic. The kids were awesome and so well behaved. I was honored to share my morning with the kids,” said Hensely Meulens.
The instruction took place on RPD’s newly renovated Kimbell field. Hitting stations were set up, and during the rotations, Bam Bam floated between all the baseball skills stations offering tips and guidance to the kids. In addition, there was a surprise appearance from Lou Seal who encouraged kids to get out and play.
“We are excited to have the Giants with us supporting our summer camps.” said, Phil Ginsburg, RPD General Manager. “This summer we are offering over 60 camps and have over 4,000 kids registered and more than 16,000 total registrations in camps and extended care programs”
In 2008, park supporters voted to give Raymond Kimbell Playfield a $3.3 million renovation through the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks bond in an effort to ensure that their park continues to serve San Francisco for years to come The Playfields Initiative partnership between San Francisco Recreation and Parks and the City Fields Foundation was established in 2006 to address the ongoing shortage of athletic fields in San Francisco and help RPD equitably provide sports facilities. The partnership renovates high-use and worn-down athletic fields with synthetic turf and/or lights, and reorganized the department’s permit system to improve efficiency and equitability. Kimbell Playfield was one of the selected playfields for renovation.
After its reopening, Kimbell Playfield provides additional play capacity for many sports. The Playfields Initiative has added than 66,000 hours of new athletic play time and creating enough space for 150 new youth soccer teams since 2004.