April 10, 2014


KERNERSVILLE, N.C. (April 10, 2014) – The Kevin Harvick Foundation today announced its support of the Bakersfield Police Activities League (BPAL), a California-based organization that works with at-risk youth in the local area through various programs.

"Without the donations and support from organizations such as the Kevin Harvick Foundation, it would not be possible to offer our attractive variety of recreational, educational and developmental programs to our local youth,” said Kyle Ursery, Executive Director at Bakersfield Police Activities League and Senior Police Officer with the Bakersfield Police Department. “We believe these are keys to assisting the children to avoid the troubles of the streets and to lead them to a pathway of success. We truly are blessed to have the support from Kevin."

BPAL works with approximately 500 underprivileged children in the Bakersfield, Calif. area, through various athletic and academic programs such as Arts & Crafts, BPAL Community Gardening, Tutoring, Basketball, Boxing, Soccer, Tennis and much more. 2014 marks BPAL’s 20th Anniversary.

“It’s a great feeling being able to give back to the community where I was raised,” said Harvick. “I was fortunate enough to have people in my life guide me in the right direction which enabled me to get to where I am today. I hope this program does the same for other kids in the Bakersfield community.”

The donation provided to the organization will benefit the Basketball, Soccer, Baseball and Boxing programs supported by BPAL. Each sport will receive new uniforms, much needed equipment and the opportunity to play on updated surfaces.

About the Kevin Harvick Foundation:
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 Bakersfield Police Activities League:
Bakersfield Police Activities League is a non-profit 501 (C) (3) charitable organization that was formed in 1994 by Police officers and concerned citizens. It is one of the Bakersfield Police Department’s approaches to juvenile delinquency prevention. BPAL’s goal is to benefit youth by teaching them skills and giving them opportunities that might not normally be available. BPAL targets at risk youth in high crime neighborhoods. Through BPAL’s quality programs in education, athletics, and social development, we strive to teach children to become successful, responsible, and caring individuals. The success of BPAL is achieved through the hard work and dedication of the many who give their time and resources.