Fairmount Park Conservancy
Michael Vick speaks at the dedication ceremony on August 19, 2013.
Team Vick Field
An enormous step in the revitalization of Hunting Park was the complete renovation of the park’s football field. Hunting Park’s youth football team, the North Philly Aztecs, plays a vital role in the community’s identity and offers a tremendous source of pride. Formed in 1993 as a way to provide Hunting Park’s young people with an outlet for positive, competitive activity in the face of rising crime rates, the Aztecs team has risen to national prominence. In 2004, on donated airfare, the Aztecs went to Florida and against all odds won the National Liberty Youth Pop Warner League Championship. Since then, registration for the Hunting Park youth football and cheerleading programs has increased to over 400 athletes.
A series of proposed improvements of the Team Vick at Hunting Park football field have been completed including:
• Extensive under-field drainage system
• Artificial turf lined for both football and soccer
• Football and soccer goal posts
• Electronic scoreboard
• Upgrades to the existing track, including resurfacing and the addition of striping
• Fencing and pedestrian gates around the site
• Renovations to the three existing sets of stairs providing pedestrian access to the track and field
• The creation of a maintenance/service road to the field
• Specialized maintenance equipment for the artificial turf
The field is named Team Vick Field after Michael Vick, quarterback for the Eagles, as he made the first major financial contribution of his foundation, Team Vick Foundation, in the amount of $200,000 to the the Hunting Park football field.
The Hunting Park Revitalization Project is made possible thanks to: Anonymous; CBS EcoMedia, Inc.; Cindy and John Affleck; Citizens Bank Foundation; City of Philadelphia; The Honorable Darrell L. Clarke; Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Convergence Partnership of the Tides Foundation; KaBOOM!; Patricia Kind; Laura and Marc McKenna;McLean Contributionship; Philadelphia Parks & Recreation; Pennsylvania State Representative Tony Payton; The Honorable Maria Quinones-Sanchez; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; The Ryan Howard Family Foundation; NFL Grassroots/LISC Philadelphia; United States Tennis Association; Edith R. Dixon; Dorrance H. Hamilton 99 Charitable Trust; FMC Corporation; Energy Coordinating Agency; JAWS Youth Playbook; Philadelphia Chevy Dealers; The Philadelphia Eagles; Team Vick Foundation and our Growing the Neighborhood sponsors ACE Group; MedRisk; NovaCare Rehabilitation; The Philadelphia Foundation - Alfred J. Lofgren & Antoinette Farrar Seymour Donor-Advised Fund; PRWT Services, Inc.; TD Bank Foundation; and U.S. Facilities, Inc.