The Parker Youth & Sports Foundation is dedicated to the support and preservation of parks, sports facilities and athletic programs in the greater Yakima area.
The Foundation hosted its 13th Annual Sports Legends Reunion. It was held at the Howard Johnson Plaza of Yakima Friday June 8th. Mel Moore, one of the most knowledgeable of who’s who in Washington State’s sports world, served as the Honored Guest. Mel is a retired insurance salesman and currently sells real estate. He has served the American Legion baseball program and organized the Downtown Hotshot 3-on-3 Tournament and the Volleyball Festival as well as helped bring WIAA State baseball, volleyball and basketball tournaments to Yakima. The evening features silent and live auctions.
Stanley (Stan) Renecker served as the High Hopes Tournament Honorary Chair. Stan graduated from Eisenhower High School before going on to Yakima Valley Community College where he played on the 1974 State Community College Championship team coached by Bill Faller. Stan created the Faller Brayton Endowment to honor Bill and Bobo. Stan earned a B.A. in Political Science from Central Washington University and a degree from Willamette University College of Law. He is the Managing Director of Acquisitions for Campbell Global, home company in Portland. He is responsible for Campbell Global's outreach and acquisition activities, including gathering market intelligence, negotiating with sellers and buyers in the forest market.
Proceeds generated by the event provide the funding source for our grant program. We support three forms of grant requests: matching funds up to $1,000.00; pro-active gifting requests for a maximum of $300.00; and grant requests for youth athletic programs and facilities in the greater Yakima Valley. The foundation focuses on low economic areas: Salvation Army afterschool programs; Southeast Community Center girls’ soccer/softball; YMCA youth programs and memberships; East Valley Youth Baseball; Roller Derby program and dance programs etc. Since 2004 we have awarded grants of over $400,000.00.
"High Hopes" is an original creation by award-winning Yakima artist Don Crook. Commissioned by the Foundation to create a scene representing our mission, Don used old photographs of the original Parker Field and his own memories in his depiction of the grandstands, press box and lights while incorporating youth and their dreams to further convey the purpose of the Foundation. An alumnus of Yakima High School and Yakima Junior College, he played football and baseball in the original Parker Field.