In February, ImpACTA Kids Foundation celebrated the grand opening of the new educational center. The center is part of a project that includes two fields that are already in place and the third field to be completed this year.
Manny Acta, President and Founder of ImpACTA Kids, has long had a dream to build a facility for baseball that would give local kids a place to nurture their dreams and give them a chance to accomplish their goals on the field and in the classroom. Acta, himself, grew up in Consuelo and learned to play basebal on this very same property, where a cow pasture was converted into a makeshift baseball diamond, and rolled up socks and old broomsticks were the only equipment available. Today, Acta is giving back to his community that supported him and other baseball greats like, Sammy Sosa, Alfredo Griffin, Rico Carty and Julio Franco.
The day began with a ribbon cutting ceremony, attended by local and national dignitaries. After the Parade of Atheletes, they broke ground for the new baseball field, to be named after Julio Franco. The morning ended with a tour of the facilities’ Alfredo Griffin Educational Center, which provides computers and educational resources for the area children, followed by a luncheon for attendees.
All in all, the grand opening of the new ImpactaKids Foundation Educational Center was an important next step to the completion of a goal set by a young player who dreamed of making it to the big leagues and one day giving back to the community he loves.