This Thursday, September 3, at 10:00 a.m. PT, Seattle Sounders FC’s charitable arm, RAVE Foundation and the Seattle Storm, together with the City of Des Moines, are hosting a virtual grand opening event for the freshly finished tiny pitch and basketball court at Midway Park.
Des Moines Deputy Mayor Matt Mahoney will be joined at Midway Park by agents from Sounders FC and the Storm– consisting of previous Sounder Lamar Neagle— where the group will deal with the Des Moines community by means of Zoom. Neagle will be signed up with by a chosen few local youth to take part in the ceremonial very first objective kick and first basket.
MEDIA KEEP IN MIND: While the opening occasion is happening essentially for members of the Des Moines community, media may RSVP to collect at Midway Park on Thursday to gather b-roll of the ritualistic opening events and talk to forecast stakeholders from Sounders FC, Seattle Storm and the City of Des Moines. A separate media advisory will be released with additional details.
Announced earlier this summer season, the multi-purpose recreation space at Midway Park is a donation to the community from RAVE Foundation and the Storm, with generous assistance from Symetra Life Insurance Coverage Company. Together, the trio collaborated to invest in this new court meant totally free play, meaning that the courts are unrentable by groups or groups, ensuring they remain open at all times for the neighborhoods they serve. Located simply east of Pac Highway in a green space desert, Midway Park provides a vital safe place to play for close-by youth. The new double soccer and basketball court will be totally free to all who check out and serves to motivate play and neighborhood pride. More details can be found at RaveFoundation.org/ Midway.
Sounders FC and the Storm are members of the King County Play Equity Union, which is focused on bringing access to sports and leisure regardless of postal code, language or race. The King County Play Equity Union was formed in direct action to results of a 2019 research study by the University of Washington’s Center for Leadership in Sports, in collaboration with King County Parks and The Aspen Institute, which found that less than 19 percent of youths in the region get the amount of exercise recommended by the Centers for Illness Control and Prevention. The Coalition is committed to carry out the report’s recommendations to remove barriers to exercise for more kids throughout King County.
Now finished, the court includes specially designed soccer goals and basketball backboards, with art work that was contributed by trainees at Midway Elementary as part of a virtual Goals & & Hoops For Art occasion previously this year. Sounders FC Brand Ambassador and previous gamer Brad Evans and Seattle Storm Partner Head Coach Noelle Quinn signed up with trainees as they put creativities to paper in the art occasion, led by Midway Elementary Principal Debbie Ellis and Highline Public Schools instructor Marianne Schneeman. The artwork from trainees was utilized to add bright and individual touches on Midway Park’s goals and hoop structures at the new court. Youth from the Midway neighborhood likewise took part in a virtual soccer and basketball clinic, hosted by Brad Evans and Seattle Storm’s Sami Whitcomb.