KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — The baseball and softball fields at Kalamazoo Central High School will be getting a makeover thanks to a huge donation from Derek Jeter’s foundation.
Turn 2 Foundation announced Thursday that the nonprofit will fund the renovation project at the high school’s Derek Jeter Field Complex.
The project — valued at $3.2 million — will completely renovate the fields, including new seating, dugouts and synthetic turf, according to a Kalamazoo Public Schools news release.
“I am in awe of the generosity of the Jeter family, the heart to give back to your community, and that the change this will make for our students,” said Kalamazoo Central High School Principal Valerie Boggan.
“Most importantly, it just instills hope, it’s a reflection of giants giving back. So, it’s an example of how our students can dream and know that their dreams can become reality,” she added.
Jeter was not town for the announcement but issued the following statement:
“Growing up playing baseball in Kalamazoo is how I realized my passion for the game, and it’s where I began the road to pursuing my dreams of playing professionally.
This project is very special to me, and I’m excited to work with the community to create an environment that will inspire local youth to work hard to achieve their full potential and accomplish their goals.”— Derek Jeter, Turn 2 Foundation
Construction is scheduled to start at the end of the 2020 baseball and softball seasons. It’s expected to be completed by late spring 2021, the release said.
Jeter graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School in 1992 and started the nonprofit Turn 2 Foundation in 1996.