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Morgan Wallen is giving a very generous donation to one of Nashville’s most historic parks.
His Morgan Wallen Foundation, along with Major League Baseball & MLB Players Association Youth Development Foundation (MLB-MLBPA YDF) and some other local funders, have partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville to help revitalize the historically Black baseball and softball complex Parkwood Community Club in north Nashville.
Morgan and MLB-MLBPA YDF each donated $500k, totaling an over one million dollar investment into the project when combined.
It’s not the first time Morgan and his foundation have donated to help efforts in fixing up local baseball fields, and since Morgan grew up playing baseball, it’s a cause very near and dear to his heart:
“I started the Morgan Wallen Foundation to support youth in two areas – sports and music. When I heard about Parkwood, right here in Nashville, I knew I wanted to help.
Every child deserves a chance to play ball and be part of a team, and I truly appreciate this opportunity to be part of Parkwood’s next inning. I can’t wait to come back out here and see the park once it has been renovated.”
Sherry Stinson, Parkwood and Collaboration Project Lead and SVP of Brand Engagement for Habitat of Greater Nashville, says this is a unique opportunity to add quality-of-life resources to an underserved community:
“Our mission is to build homes, communities and hope by partnering with the Parkwood Board and all our funders who understand this is an important community investment, we will not only save a vital community landmark, but also add quality-of-life resources to an underserved community.”
Since 1966, Parkwood ballfields have been a fixture of the neighborhood, and there is currently a $2 million-dollar fundraising effort to complete Phase 1 renovations of the complex in the Parkwood-Haynes-Trinity neighborhood.
Phase 1 entails renovation of two of the four baseball and softball fields, and the initiative, Habitat and its sponsoring partners aim to provide youth and families in the Parkwood neighborhood with enhanced field and recreational offerings.
And now, thanks to Morgan and the MLB, they’re already half way to their goal.