NESPELEM, Wash.  The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation invites the  public to attend the Grand Opening of the Nespelem Softball/Baseball Field on  September 16, 2022 beginning at 1:00 p.m.. Fun events are planned, and additional  details about the celebration will be shared in the near future. 

The field is Little League and standard high school softball size. It is multi-purpose and  can be used for sports such as soccer or flag football. It features synthetic turf and a large  scoreboard. The turf will allow for minimal maintenance and year-round usage. 

The grant that kick-started the project was $350,000 from the State of Washington’s  Recreation Conservation Office. The Colville Tribes also spent funds, particularly to  upgrade the scoreboard and for the synthetic turf. 

The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation participated through the Tribes’ partnership with the  Boys and Girls Club. The Foundation was launched by Cal Ripken, Jr., Billy Ripken, and  their late mother Vi in memory of their father and long-time coach. The Foundation  specializes in helping communities all over the country build sports fields. Their initial  goal was to build 50 fields, and they have now built 111 fields. This will be the first field  built on tribal land. The Foundation also donated $100,000 to the effort. 

Colville Business Council Chairman Jarred-Michael Erickson said today, “We are very  pleased to bring a softball field back to Nespelem, and to make it better than before.  Facilities like this, which are fun and also promote health and fitness, are important parts  of any community. Our youth and elders alike will be able to enjoy this project for many  years to come.”

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