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Photo by Member Mark Krancer, Kram Kran Photo

Photo by Member Mark Krancer, Kram Kran Photo


Date ArticleType
6/27/2023 4:00:00 AM Member News

Jumbo Shrimp partner with local groups to build new Youth Development Park

State-of-the-art facility ribbon-cutting ceremony was last week at Clanzel T. Brown Boys & Girls Club


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp continue to embark on their quest to improve the city of Jacksonville and Northeast Florida community as a whole, partnering with several other local organizations to create a brand-new Youth Development Park for local youth at the Clanzel T. Brown Boys & Girls Club on Moncrief Road.


The gleaming state-of-the-art facility, which has its ribbon-cutting ceremony last week, developed through a partnership with the Jumbo Shrimp, Jacksonville Jaguars, Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida, Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, Group 1001, National Football League Foundation and City of Jacksonville.


“We consider youth sports and youth development to be key pillars in our community,” said Jumbo Shrimp owner/CEO Ken Babby.We are honored to partner in this project that creates a positive difference in our community.”


The park includes a newly-constructed synthetic turf facility designed to provide the area’s youth with year-round accessible outdoor recreational spaces to learn, play and grow year-round. The Youth Development Park (YDP) will serve as a hub for fostering social development and empowering young individuals in the community.


“Through the Youth Development Park, young people can realize their full potential by learning the values of teamwork, equality, discipline, perseverance and respect,” Jumbo Shrimp executive vice president/general manager Harold Craw said. “We are grateful to contribute to bettering our community any way we can.”


ABOUT THE JUMBO SHRIMP: The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp offer affordable family fun at 121 Financial Ballpark. Their inaugural season garnered the Southern League’s Don Mincher Organization of the Year, Promotional Trophy and Jimmy Bragan Executive of the Year, won by general manager Harold Craw. The club added its second Promotional Trophy in three years following the 2019 season. The 2021 season marked the return of Triple-A baseball in Jacksonville. To experience the excitement with the terrific value of ticket and group options, call the Jumbo Shrimp at (904) 358-2846 or visit www.jaxshrimp.com.