Jeter’s foundation donates $3.2M for Kalamazoo ballfields

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 11: Derek Jeter attends Haute Living Celebrates Derek Jeter With Perrier-Jouët At Mr. C Coconut Grove on April 11, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Romain Maurice/Getty Images for Haute Living)

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A charitable organization founded by former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is donating about $3.2 million to renovate a baseball and softball complex at his Michigan high school.

The Kalamazoo Public Schools district announced the donation Thursday from the Turn 2 Foundation. Planned work includes new fields, seating and dugouts as well as synthetic turf. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports school officials say the project is scheduled to be completed in 2021.

Jeter, who is the Miami Marlins CEO, says in a statement he hopes the project “will inspire local youth to work hard to achieve their full potential and accomplish their goals.”

Jeter graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School in 1992 and the baseball field at the complex was named Derek Jeter Field in his honor in 2012.

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