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Robbie Gould talks about the new multi-athletics intricate in Castanea Township that will bear his title.

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MILL Corridor — Lock Haven’s beloved son Robbie Gould arrived off the golfing program and went appropriate to operate.

On a wonderful Thursday afternoon, Gould played host to a golf tournament which will advantage a large sporting activities complex presently below development in Castanea Township. He concluded golfing, enable established up artist renderings of the complex and handed out present bags to all those who took part in the match. His Goulden Touch Foundation is presently a major contributor to the sophisticated, which will function three Very little League-sized fields and will serve as a web-site for regional tournaments and activities.

“The vision for this started about five a long time ago. I was managing my Goulden Contact golf outing and we ended up hoping to obtain a thing that would bring our group together,” Gould claimed. “We realized the athletics complicated was a necessity and will be something wonderful for the local community. It is heading to be an outstanding facility. A single of the most outstanding you will see in the point out, perhaps even along the Northeast.”

Gould reported that $1.9 million has been lifted in aid of the 27-acre intricate. He mentioned the challenge is in close proximity to and dear to his coronary heart, possessing developed up in Lock Haven. Athletics laid the basis for his collegiate job at Penn State and nearly two decades in the NFL, with the Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers.

According to Gould, he understands how important sports activities is to kids and families in the Clinton County local community.

“We’re going to be ready to give children in baseball, softball, football and a leisure space to participate in on,” Gould mentioned. “I have a 7-, 5- and 3-yr-aged, so we’re accomplishing all these factors now. The memories that will be made, the values that will be instilled in these young ones is enormous.”

Of system, Gould life halfway throughout the state. Considering the fact that he’s not near by, he said that the Chestnut Grove Recreational Authority has been a important element of the complex’s improvement.

“They’ve been executing an awesome occupation. They’re earning confident that almost everything comes alongside one another and will make sense,” Gould mentioned.

On this day, it was unveiled that the sports activities sophisticated would be named the Robbie Gould Youth Sports activities Complex. Gould proudly sported a hat and polo shirt with the new emblem.

“As much as remaining a element of the naming rights of the sporting activities park and staying ready to be involved and encouraging them re-create it … that is something which is exclusive to me. This local community has normally supported me, whether or not it is been in high college, college or the professionals. It is particular to be able to give back again to the group,” Gould mentioned. The elaborate is anticipated to be concluded by spring of 2022.

Marci Orndorf of the Chestnut Grove Leisure Authority explained that the project has truly “picked up steam” in current months.

“It’s amazing. We broke floor very last yr, about November. Definitely, development stalled with winter weather conditions, but it’s really started out to achieve velocity now. Not only in the development activity that you see that the site, but with the neighborhood enterprises that you see right here right now beginning to soar on board and setting up to see their expenditure in the undertaking. They see the benefit for their businesses and the local community as effectively,” Orndorf explained.

According to Orndorf, Gould has been a main participant in the task. In point, it may not have come collectively if not for his involvement.

“We are so thankful to have Robbie associated in the job. We’re so grateful for the time that he’s put in for the duration of his off period that has gotten all these people today on board,” Orndorf reported.

All of the businesses taking portion in Thursday’s golfing match pledged $25,000 or additional towards the challenge, Orndorf explained.

The athletics advanced will be a crown jewel for Clinton County. Clinton County commissioner Angela Harding, who took element in the golfing tournament, is enthusiastic to see what the complicated provides to the county.

“This is a seriously major challenge for Clinton County. The alternatives that it’s going to give. We have hundreds and hundreds of little ones who travel all about the East coastline to engage in in tournaments. This is heading to give them an option to have a house industry and a home event,” Harding reported.

Nonetheless, the complex will also draw 1000’s of travel groups to Clinton County.

“It will provide so substantially financial advancement to our group. These individuals will consume in our dining establishments, keep in our motels,” Harding said.

In accordance to Harding, the task has been in the functions for pretty some time.

“This started two or a few commissioners in the past. There’s been a long time main up to this … it is seriously enjoyable to see it get to this position and arrive to fruition. It’s going to be a attractive facility and a local community asset,” Harding explained.

As for Gould, he will have instruction camp before long. Until eventually then, he will keep on to do the job to see his eyesight appear to lifestyle to profit his hometown.

“I assume this was wonderful spot to increase up. I learned a large amount of life classes right here. I’m sitting down right here at Clinton County Country Club and I worked listed here,” Gould reported. “I know how substantially this neighborhood suggests to me. I wished to give back and now we’re likely to have a great condition of the art facility.”

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