PLEASANTON, Calif. — The Play Bernal Campaign is pleased to announce it has secured its first two major sponsors for the new Sports Complex at the Bernal Community Park, expected to open later this year. The 16-acre, multi-purpose facility will be the first of its kind in Pleasanton. Patelco Credit Union and Stanford Children’s Health have joined forces with the City and local sports groups in support of youth fitness programs and the health benefits that come from leading an active lifestyle.
“We’re very excited that these two heavy hitters have come out swinging in support of fitness in our community,” said Nelson Fialho, Pleasanton City Manager, adding “and this homerun wouldn’t have been possible without the dedication and commitment from the Play Bernal group.” With the support of these two major donors, the Play Bernal Campaign has commitments and donations from families and businesses that put them over half-way to their nearly $2 million commitment towards financing the Sports Complex at Bernal Community Park.
“We are grateful that these two quality organizations are partnering with us to support active youth in Pleasanton,” said Jon Asmussen, who is spearheading the fundraising efforts of the Play Bernal Campaign. “Thanks in large part to our sponsors, we will soon have our first synthetic-turf, lighted sports fields in Pleasanton.”
In recognition of these generous contributions, the Sports Complex will be named the Patelco Sports Complex and one of the fields will be named the Stanford Children’s Health Stadium Field. The Patelco Sports Complex will feature stadium lighting for extended hours of play and three lighted synthetic-turf sports fields available for year-round play. It will also provide a much-needed play space within the greater network of Pleasanton’s fields for youth sports practices and games. The complex is part of the larger 54-acre Bernal Community Park, which will also include nearly 40-acres of oak woodland area, as well as the Stanford Children’s Health Stadium Field. “Along with financial wellness, hunger, and housing, improving children’s health is one of Patelco’s top priorities, and we're proud to be the primary partner on this important project,” said Erin Mendez, President and CEO of Patelco. “Sponsoring the Patelco Sports Complex not only reflects our long-standing efforts to promote healthy youth and families, but it also provides Pleasanton with a venue worthy of this great community. The opportunity for Patelco to support this valuable, local initiative as we celebrate our 80th anniversary speaks to everything we value.”
The donation provided by Stanford Children’s Health for the Stanford Children’s Health Stadium Field at the Patelco Sports Complex will support the latest technology in the evolution of sports fields and marks a recent commitment by the pediatric healthcare system to the Tri-Valley. Stanford Children’s Health has several pediatric specialty and primary care practices in the area, including a Children’s Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center clinic just across the street from the new Sports Complex, as well as in Emeryville and Walnut Creek. “We are very excited to have this opportunity to support sports in the community,” said Shaun Keefer, Director of Children’s Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center – Stanford. “Stanford Children’s Health sports medicine experts – doctors, athletic trainers, and therapists – are in the neighborhood to ensure young athletes are getting the very best in care.”
Two additional field sponsorships are available, as well as opportunities for individual contributions. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about sponsorships.