THE FLAGSHIP SALVATION ARMY KROC CENTER CELEBRATES 10 YEARS!

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A celebration presented by the Audrey S. Geisel Dr. Seuss Fund
 
June 17, 2012 (San Diego) -- The Salvation Army Kroc Center is celebrating its 10-year anniversary on June 19, 2012 with a private commemoration ceremony followed by a free community concert.
 
 
In 1998, Joan Kroc donated $87 million dollars to create a community center that provides opportunities that facilitate positive, life-changing experiences through art, athletics, personal development, spiritual discovery, and community service. At the press conference announcing her generous gift, Mrs. Kroc  recalled a tour she took of San Diego neighborhoods, saying, “I realized children desperately needed a safe gathering place, a place with facilities and trained professionals to nurture their social skills, arts appreciation and athletic potential.”
 
Today, approximately 5,000 members of all ages, and countless guests are engaged in activities including: day camp, performing arts, ice-skating, fitness, skateboarding, rock climbing, swimming, and more – all offered by the Kroc Center, which became available to the community on June 19, 2002.
 
When Mrs. Kroc passed away in October 2003, she left The Salvation Army $1.5 billion for the development of 27 Kroc Center’s across the country. She designed the gift so that communities wishing to pursue building a Kroc Center must raise half of the money needed for the project to establish an internal community support structure. There are currently 20 Kroc Centers open across the country. There will be a total of 27 centers open by the end of 2013.
The first center is right here in San Diego, in Rolando, just 2 miles from San Diego State University. The sprawling 12.4-acre campus houses several buildings and facilities ranging from a 600-seat theater to an NHL regulation sized ice arena.
 
 
Starting June 15th, a different free day pass each day will be available to download on www.kroccenter.org  Like us on Facebook to stay updated!
 
There are several activities remaining that will be taking place: from the 20th until the 24th.
 
DAY 6 FAMILY SOCCER
WEDNESDAY THE 20th
 Recreation Field 4:30 – 6pm
 
DAY 7 SWIMMING (AGES 3+)
THURSDAY THE 21st  
Recreation Pool  1 – 2:45pm
 
DAY 8 SKATEBOARDING
FRIDAY THE 22nd
Skatepark 2:30 – 8pm
 
DAY 9 FITNESS & GYM DROP-IN
SATURDAY THE 23rd
Gymnasium & Pools - Schedules Vary
 
DAY 10 ICE SKATING
SUNDAY THE 24th
Ice Arena 1:30 – 3pm
 
We can help bring our city together by declaring our love to all of its children, and show them the faith that we have in their future.

-Joan Kroc