Ohlone College Says "Let's Play Ball!" - Press Release, Office of College Advancement

Friday, February 10, 2017
Office of College Advancement
Ohlone College

Fremont, CA-With melodies of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" playing in the background and rainclouds far away in the distance, a gathering of over seventy-five people came to celebrate the grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony of Ohlone College's new baseball and softball fields. Everyone was excited to welcome these sports back to the Ohlone College Fremont campus, after having the teams play off-site during construction of the new fields.

Completed with the latest technology and environmental considerations, the fields are covered with a 100% artificial turf that requires virtually no maintenance, no striping, water, weeding or pesticides, saving the college and its grounds staff considerable time and money.

People Having just cut the celebratory ribbon, Ohlone President, Dr. Gari Browning, joyously welcomes baseball and softball back to the Fremont campus.

From left to right: Former Ohlone Softball Coach Donna Runyon, Trustee Teresa Cox, Student Trustee Miguel Fuentes (back row), Trustee Garrett Yee, Trustee Ishan Shah (back row), Board Vice-Chair Greg Bonaccorsi, Ohlone President Dr. Gari Browning, Trustee Vivien Larsen, Board Chair Richard Watters, Trustee Jan Giovannini-Hill, and Ohlone Dean of Kinesiology, Athletics and Broadcasting, Chris Warden. -Photo courtesy of Ohlone College.

After a brief welcome from Ohlone College Board of Trustees Chair, Richard Watters, celebratory words and acknowledgements were given by Ohlone College President, Dr. Gari Browning, Construction Partner, Devin Conway, as well as the Dean of Kinesiology, Athletics and Broadcasting, Chris Warden. The presentations were followed by a blessing of the field by Andy Galvan, a descendant of the Ohlone Indians.

With the assembled guests, college staff and softball and baseball players in place, a large green ribbon was ceremoniously cut by President Browning, flanked by Ohlone's Governing Board Trustees. Enjoying a break in what had been a rainy week, guest were offered a tour of the newly constructed facilities and baseball field, after first being given goody bags of peanut candy, Crackerjacks, and "We're #1" giant foam hands.

As one of the Ohlone Lady Renegades softball players shared, "These fields are beautiful and will be fun to play on. No high or low spots, no mud, and they have a really great sound system. It'll be great winning games back on the Ohlone College campus once again!"

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