By Brooklyn Eagle Staff
Poly Prep Country Day School in Dyker Heightslast week celebrated the opening of its new baseball athletic field with a ribbon-cutting ceremony as well as a performance by Grammy Award-winning rapper, singer and actor Wyclef Jean.
Wyclef’s performance at the new artificial-turf field took place prior to the first game on the field,where Poly Prep’s champion Blue Devils faced off with the nationally #1 ranked Don Bosco Prep Ironmen from Ramsey, N.J.
The first pitch was thrown out by Arnie Mascali, vice chair of the board of trustees and captain of Poly’s 1984 baseball team, along with Mets All-Star pitcher John Franco, who met with both teams prior to the start of the game.
The field was renamed the Matt Roventini Field. With the renaming, the Poly Prep community celebrated the legacy of Poly Prep Blue Devils’ elite head coach Roventini, an alumnus of the Class of 1992. He has served as head coach since 2004 and led the team to national prominence, earning an unprecedented 13 consecutive Ivy Prep League titles, nine New York State Association of Independent Schools championships, and one undefeated season (2007).
Physical education and team sports have been a hallmark of Poly Prep since its founding in 1854. Thanks to a $5 million lead gift by the Feinberg Family Foundation, Poly Prep is constructing a world-class athletic complex that will serve some 800 middle and high school students and become a center for sport and wellness in southern Brooklyn.
When complete, the facility at 92nd Street and Seventh Avenue will encompass baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse and conditioning.
Poly Prep has two campuses: the Lower School in Park Slope, and 5th to 10th Grades in Dyker Heights.