“East-Oakland, West-Oakland, Fruitvale, Chinatown, Montclair, Uptown, Downtown, Rockridge, explains John Bliss, “it’s all one neighborhood to Kim and me. We want to help the parts of our town that need it the most.” John Bliss, Kim Thompson, and their teenage children Tom and Mandy live in Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood, but for the Thompson-Bliss Family, all of Oakland is their community.
And the Thompson-Bliss Family recently put their money where their mouth is by making perhaps the largest individual gift to Oakland youth in our City’s history.
Friends is thrilled to be partnering with the City of Oakland’s Office of Parks and Recreation (OPR) to raise funds for the complete restoration of Curt Flood Sports Complex (formally Curt Flood Field), located at School Street and Coolidge Avenue.
Curt Flood was an activist who changed the world of Major League Baseball, by helping to usher in the era of free-agency. Throughout Flood’s life he gave, and inspired, and was committed to making a difference in the world.
This is an exciting time for both of our organizations, and Friends board and staff is thrilled to be working with OPR to honor the legacy of Curt Flood by restore this historic and much-used community field in Oakland’s Fruitvale district.
Details regarding naming right opportunities will soon be made available. Please contact Friends, Executive Director Ken Lupoff (firstname.lastname@example.org) to request a naming rights prospectus.