Under Armour is giving back to Baltimore. The company and Living Classrooms Foundation are making a long-term investment in a recreation and community center in East Baltimore, adjacent to the Pleasant View Gardens community.
The project will be funded by a $5 million contribution from Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank’s private Cupid Foundation, in addition to $1.275 million from Under Armour. The facility will be located at 1100 East Fayette St., in a space formerly known as the Carmelo Anthony Center. The partnership between Under Armour and Living Classrooms includes the renovation of the infrastructure as well as a redesigned service model of expanded partnerships providing services to area residents, with a focus on youth.
“We have been active in our community for many years, working with schools, families, hospitals and first responders,” said Plank. “Now more than ever, we need to double down on that commitment. Baltimore is our home, and we will always show up and do our part. We are going to build an incredible facility with the best programs and partners, and we will bring people from across the city together to create real and sustainable opportunities for kids and families.”
Living Classrooms Foundation, a nonprofit that offers education and job training, currently offers year-round programming for students at the center. It will oversee programs that include partners in education; character leadership; health, wellness and fitness; community engagement; and workforce development.
Included in the center’s more than 10,000 square feet of space is a covered turf field, a workforce development and entrepreneurship center, dance and yoga studios, a recording studio and a neighborhood kitchen.