February 12, 2014

Baltimore, Md. – The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation (CRSF) today announced that NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick will be joining its Board, effective immediately. One of the first initiatives that the Ripken Foundation and Kevin Harvick Foundation will combine efforts on is construction of a Youth Development Park in the greater Greensboro, N.C. area.

“We are excited to have Kevin join our team, as we share a common goal and passion for providing youth with positive outlets and programs,” said Steve Salem, president of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. “With the tireless efforts of our dedicated Board members and generous partners, we will continue to provide a supportive environment for every child across the country.”

“It is such an honor to be asked to sit on the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation Board,” Harvick said. “Through the Kevin Harvick Foundation, my wife DeLana and I have been fortunate to positively impact the lives of children in our hometowns. With this combined partnership, we will have the opportunity to reach children and support initiatives on a national level.”

Harvick has earned 23 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories, including the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400. In addition to his impressive performance on the Sprint Cup side, Harvick also has two NASCAR Nationwide Series championships, 40 Nationwide Series wins and 14 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wins.

Established in 2010 by Harvick and his wife, DeLana, the mission of the Kevin Harvick Foundation (KHF) is to support programs that enrich the lives of children throughout the United States. The foundation works to not only improve the quality of life, but to help underprivileged youth find and realize their dreams by supporting programs such as the Kevin Harvick Athletic Scholarship Fund at California State University Bakersfield and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, a camper cabin at Victory Junction, Baptist Children’s Homes of NC and Boys & Girls Clubs.

About the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation
The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation uses baseball- and softball-themed programs to help build character and teach critical life lessons to underserved youth residing in America’s most distressed communities. Founded in 2001 by members of the Ripken family in memory of their patriarch Cal, Sr., the Foundation works to create programs that positively impact at-risk youth through active community partnerships with America’s most successful youth service organizations. The Ripken Foundation uses the baseball and softball field to help teach life’s critical lessons such as perseverance, loyalty, nutrition, hard work and leadership to young people residing in disadvantaged communities. The Foundation is also designing and building Youth Development Parks, multi-purpose, synthetic surface fields in underserved communities to give kids a clean and safe place to play and learn. The Ripken Foundation has impacted over 1 million kids nationwide through its Youth Development Park initiative and Badges for Baseball programming.