Hunting Park -
Fresh off a big Eagles home victory on Sunday, Michael Vick waded into a huge crowd in Hunting Park ready to make another big handoff for kids in the form of a new football field.
“This field will give kids a second chance, another opportunity to come out and play football and dream the dream,” Vick said.
There were lots of cheers as Vick joined a cast of big names with a $200,000 check to build a new football field here. No one could be happier than the players for the North Philly Aztecs who haven’t had a home game here in 19-years.
“I think it will help the players play better,” said one Aztec player.
“It’s good he’s giving back to our community,” another player said.
“You see the field we practice on now, it’s kinda bad so it’s good to have a new one coming,” said Aztec Coach Jay “Buck” Ward.
This is part of a $4 million renovation at the 87-acre park. Last spring, the Phillies’ Ryan Howard helped build a new baseball complex here. It came complete with lights, dugouts and bleachers. It’s a big turn around for the park and the kids who love to use it.
“The only thing we can leave is a legacy,” said former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski. “And the legacy is to help some of these young kids improve their lot in life.”
“It’s great for the kids in the community, keeps them out of trouble. Keeps them here in the organization,” said Capt. Frank Vanore of the Philadelphia Police Department’s 25th District.
Vick is no stranger to second chances. He sees this as a rebirth for the park and an opportunity for the football stars of the future. He promised to return for the first home game next season
“Definitely going be at the first home opener,” Vick promised. “It’s only right. I gotta be here cheering the Aztecs on and whoever’s out there playing I’ll be out there to support.”
Construction is expected to get underway soon. It should be completed for the start of the Aztecs’ 2013 football season. They will finally get to host a home game after nearly two decades of playing games on the road.
(Courtesy of My Fox Philly)