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Ballpark part of effort to boost youth recreation in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — A newly remodeled ballpark named in honor of the late William Clay Ford Sr. is part of a broader effort to boost recreation options for youth in Detroit, those involved in the project said Monday.

UAW-Ford donated $1.8 million to refurbish the baseball field for residents of Midtown, Woodbridge and other neighborhoods. Updated bleachers, pitching and batting cages, a digitized scoreboard, scenic landscaping and restrooms are among the upgrades.

William Clay Ford Field is named for Ford Sr., who died last year at age 88. He was a grandson of automotive pioneer Henry Ford and owned the Detroit Lions.

“UAW-Ford strongly believes investing in our youth is key to building a better Detroit and a bright future for generations to come,” Jimmy Settles, UAW-Ford vice president, said in a statement. “We share this commitment with the Ford family to build strong communities.

“Consequently, we are proud to invest in the neighborhoods in which our members work and live,” Settles said.

UAW-Ford partnered with Woodbridge Community Youth Center and others on the effort.

“Dedicating the ballpark to my father is a great way to honor his memory and carry his legacy forward,” said Bill Ford, executive chairman of Dearborn-based Ford Motor Co. “My father embodied the spirit of Detroit, and he was committed to making a difference in the lives of children in this city and beyond.”


Nyamfukudza honored with Outstanding Young Lawyer Award

Alane & Chartier, P.L.C. attorney Takura Nyamfukudza recently received the State Bar of Michigan’s Regeana Myrick Outstanding Young Lawyer Award for 2015. This award is only given to one young attorney in the state and recognizes attorneys making outstanding contributions to the bar and the community. The award ceremony was held at the Greektown Casino Hotel during the State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section’s Eighth Annual Summit. Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein, a previous recipient of this award, gave the keynote address.

Nyamfukudza is a criminal defense litigator, successfully representing clients in state and federal courts throughout Michigan. He has previously received the Davis-Dunnings Bar Association’s Rising Star Award and the Ingham County Bar Association’s Top 5 Under 35 Award. Nyamfukudza serves on numerous boards and committees and is active in the community, volunteering his time doing pro bono work with Service to Soldiers and reading to children.


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