This spring, family, friends, and distinguished guests gathered at a dedication ceremony at City Hall to honor Willard K. Walker. Mayor Virg Benero, David Hollister, former mayor of Lansing, and Pastor Fred McGlone spoke about Mr. Walker’s contribution the Lansing community. Mr. Walker gave brief remarks about the importance of this new facility.
“The community finally has a safe and permanent home for the teams,” said Mr. Walker. “I thank the city for recognizing the importance of youth sports. Youth sports offer friendship, discipline, and academic support.”
Mr. Walker and members of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity founded the Kappa Express football program in the late 1970s. It includes four football teams and four cheerleading squads. The league encourages players to focus on academics, citizenship, and respecting their parents.
The Kappa Express football program is a tradition for families in Lansing. Many participants have parents and grandparents that participated in the program, and most of the volunteer coaching staffs are former players.
The complex is funded through the city’s Community Development Block Grant. It was granted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban development. The facility will include a turf field and bleachers to accommodate 400 spectators. A structure to house restrooms, storage, and concessions will also be built.
Willard Walker is an Affiliated Consultant at Public Policy Associates, Inc.