Friday, May 12, 2017

2nd Annual Gurney Field Day

The 2nd Annual Donald I. Gurney Sr. Field Day will be held on Saturday, May 13 starting at 9 a.m. The Springfield Booster Club, Springfield Parks & Recreation Department and the Springfield School District are collaborating to make this even bigger and better than last year.

Remembering a great man, celebrating our youth, recognizing our athletes and some good old fashion family fun – that is what the Donald I Gurney Sr Field Day – A Celebration of Springfield Athletics is all about. Be a part of the exciting, second annual, event on Saturday, May 13, 2017. The Springfield Booster Club, Springfield Parks and Rec and Springfield School District have joined forces in a collaborative effort to make this an annual event for our community and its athletes.

Long time Springfield resident, o I Gurney Sr. passed away on October 17, 2015. Mr. Gurney was an incredible man that did what he could to help out his town with the goal of making Springfield a great place to live. He was the founder of many organizations including the Springfield Booster Club. It is in his honor that this event has been created and properly named.

The day begins with a parade showcasing the athletes, grades K-12, through our Springfield Streets and ends at Riverside Middle School. The parade, led by the Boy Scout and Cub Scout Color Guard, will consist of vehicles from Gurney Brother’s Construction – including Mr. Gurney’s Calliope along with trucks and trailers from other local businesses and coaches.

Upon culmination of the parade there will be Opening Ceremony on Robinson Field at Riverside Middle School. The ceremony boasts live music, the National Anthem, a guest speaker and the ceremonial first pitch to set the stage for the day, plus a few other surprises.

Games begin immediately following the Opening Ceremony – over the course of the day all 5 fields will be in use for either scrimmages or official games along with exhibitions planned by our off season teams. The fields and park will be busy that day with family activities, food and Cosmos merchandise, live music and so much more.

 The culmination of the day begins with a game under the lights at Robinson Field and then segwaying into the Closing Ceremony set for 8:00 p.m. The Closing Ceremony will be in honor of Mr. Gurney, our community and all the children, families and athletes that make it great. The current Booster Club president, Rachel Hunter stated, “We believe Mr. Gurney continually supported and contributed to Springfield because he wanted to see the town grow and evolve – we are taking that same approach with this event – we want to recognize the athletes and also allow the event to grow and evolve over time in his memory.”

The Springfield Booster Club, Springfield Parks & Rec and Springfield School District would like to invite you to be part of this event – to remember a great man and to continue the work he began supporting Springfield athletics and Springfield’s youth.

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