RICHMOND, CAlifornia


Shields-Reid Park

Summary:

More Than A Game has engaged the Shields-Reid Community Center staff and North Richmond kids in a joint effort to renovate, maintain, and continue using the Shields-Reid Community Park.  

The initial objective was to coordinate a community effort to repair the baseball field and host a baseball clinic, but it has turned into a weekly MTAG program with the Shields-Reid staff and 20-30 kids participating each Friday.  The continued focus is to enlist local police, fire department, and leaders to run the program with the assistance and coordination from MTAG.

With the help of “One Richmond” and Dr. Jay Fitness, the weekly clinic now includes a clean-up and nutrition aspect.  The kids are required to pick up trash at the beginning of the clinic and are rewarded with nutritional snacks at the end!

In addition to the weekly participation clinic, MTAG’s goal is to sponsor a team from N. Richmond, coached by local parents/coaches, and practice each Friday.  

Objectives:

  • Maintain and continue to use Shields-Reid Park year-round for youth sports related activities and events.

  • Engage the community leaders, police, and fire departments to run the program with assistance from MTAG.

  • Sponsor a team to practice, use, and play games at Shields-Reid Park.

  • Create a sense of park ownership for the kids and community.

  • Create a mindset of healthy eating habits and regular exercise

Personnel:

  • Don Gieseke

  • Sawyer Gieseke

  • One Richmond

  • Dr. Jay Fitness

  • Shields-Reid Staff

  • Local police, fire, and community leaders

 


NICHOL PARK

Summary:

Nichol Park was the first Richmond project for More Than A Game  We spent a week in Richmond cleaning up the 3 ball fields at Nichol, along with 2 other Little League fields in Richmond.  Since that first week in October 2016, MTAG has organized and led two Little League pre-season baseball clinics and cleanup projects, Soulful Softball Sunday, and will be the lead on replacing the infield.. all at Nichol Park!

With the collaborative help from Richmond Little League, Richmond-PAL, One Richmond, Love Your Block, Richmond Recreation and Parks, and other local community service organizations, MTAG has played a significant role in restoring Nichol Park as a hub of Richmond sporting activities and events.

Objectives:

  • Help Richmond organizations utilize the park year-round by organizing clinics and cleanup efforts at Nichol Park.

  • Assist Richmond Little League, Richmond Recreation and Parks, and community volunteer groups to plan regularly scheduled cleanup and repair events.

  • Create a sense of park ownership for the kids and community.

Personnel:

  • Don Gieseke

  • Sawyer Gieseke

  • One Richmond

  • Richmond Little League

  • Richmond Recreation and Parks


Booker T. Anderson Park

SUMMARY:

More Than A Game has been invited to assist with the renovation of Booker T. Anderson Park.   Booker T, as it is known, consists of three baseball fields and is located next to Booker T. Anderson Community Center, Stege Elementary School, and a number of apartment complexes.

The city of Richmond has granted use of the park to Game Changers, a youth baseball organization run by Thomas Gary.  Thomas heard about MTAG thru our work at Nichol Park and Shields-Reid Park and thought we could assist him in his efforts of revitalizing Booker T.

The initial objective is to rebuild the three baseball fields, with the assistance of the City of Richmond Recreation and Parks department.  Two of the fields have not been used in 20 years and a 3rd one needs some renovations.  MTAG, thru its generous partners, will provide the infield mix, lay out the baseball diamonds,  set the bases, and provide material and labor to build batter’s boxes and pitching mounds.

The second objective is to create a baseball park, with dugouts, backstops, bleachers, utility sheds, and lights that can host baseball games and tournaments for teams of all ages.

The third objective is to duplicate the Shields-Reid model and hold baseball regular, weekly baseball clinics and use baseball to build community.

Objectives:

  • Maintain and continue to use Booker T Anderson park year-round for youth sports related activities and events.

  • Engage the Booker T. Anderson Community Center staff and kids in the sports clinics.

  • Engage the community leaders, police, and fire departments to run the sports program with assistance from MTAG.

  • Create a sense of park ownership for the kids and community.

  • Create a mindset of healthy eating habits and regular exercise

Personnel:

  • Don Gieseke

  • Sawyer Gieseke

  • One Richmond

  • Dr. Jay Fitness

  • Booker T. Anderson Community Center Staff

  • Local police, fire, and community leaders

  • Game Changers Baseball Organization