Turf Field Blessing!

Turf Field Blessing!

Today Mount de Sales Academy held the blessing and celebration of our new multi-purpose turf field, a $1.7 million project from Phase II of the school’s Capital Campaign: Anchored in Excellence; Charting our Future. Archbishop William E. Lori and Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. participated in a program attended by students, faculty, staff, trustees, donors and families of the school.

“This morning is a moment of celebration for all who call Mount de Sales Academy home.  And there are many,” said Principal Sister Mary Thomas Huffman, O.P.  “Important lessons often happen in significant places in our life – places which are fitting to call a home.”

Mount de Sales softball coach of 19 years Pete Waskiewicz followed with remarks that connected the field to the school’s mission. He noted this new facility – which includes a softball diamond – is significant to his softball players of past, present and future.

After an introduction by Mount de Sales Academy Board of Trustees Vice President Joe Geier, Ripken addressed the audience: "We are happy to contribute to such a special moment in school history and to provide the students of Mount de Sales Academy with a playing surface that will help create leaders both on and off the field,” he said. Ripken concluded by throwing a ceremonial pitch to varsity softball catcher Abby Zalucki ’15.

While the event was held in the gymnasium due to rain, Archbishop William E. Lori did bless the turf field from the stadium seating. He said, "We are blessed to count Mount de SalesAcademy, under the skilled direction of the Dominican Sisters of Nashville, among the many outstanding Catholic schools in our Archdiocese.  May today's blessing mark a period of continued growth and excellence for this storied institution."

The multi-use turf field serves the entire student body through physical education classes, team competition and intramural sports.  Integral in creating the design of the turf field were Ripken Design – in which Ripken is owner and CEO – and FIELDS, Inc. Assisting the project were architects Sanders Design and Century Engineering.

Cal Ripken, Jr. with Abby Zalucki '15 - Softball Varsity Catcher


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