The North Philly Aztecs youth football team’s home field is listed as Hunting Park. However, the children have been unable to play a home game there in almost 20 years because of the poor field condition, according to Philly.com.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was informed of the problem and decided to help.
Vick donated $200,000 through his foundation to the $1.4 million revitalization project to build an artificial turf field at Hunting Park, which is also shared by the Little Flower High School’s girls soccer team. As a result of his generosity, the multipurpose football and soccer field was named Team Vick Field, Philly.com said.
For Vick, the donation is just another step towards trying to rehabilitate his image, which was obviously damaged over his role in a dogfighting ring, which landed him in federal prison for 19 months.
Vick was joined at the field dedication ceremony by Eagles president Don Smolenski and former Eagles and current ESPN broadcaster Ron Jaworski. The Eagles and Jaworski also contributed to the project.
"It means a lot. I'm not from Philadelphia. My hometown is Newport News, Va.," Vick said, according to Philly.com. "To leave an imprint, to leave a mark in another city where I had an opportunity to play professional football, it will be great for the kids. For them to run out there and see my name up there, it'll inspire them to do the same thing as they grow older and as they maybe become a professional athlete. They'll understand the significance of being a role model."
Perhaps the generosity was good karma for Vick. He was named the Eagles' starting quarterback for the regular-season opener on Tuesday. Vick's kindness did not influence Eagles coach Chip Kelly's decision, but will positively impact the lives of many children.