BUFFALO, NY - Members of the Mount Olive Baptist Church on East Delevan Avenue, a stalwart of this East Side neighborhood, gathered for a joyous occasion Saturday morning. A ribbon-cutting ceremony heralded the opening of the church's new athletic field.
Paid for entirely by the church, Y.O.M.O. Field will provide a safe place for kids from the church and the community to play, according to Minister Dwayne Gillison of Mount Olive.
"The field is dedicated to the Youth Of Mount Olive," he told 2 On Your Side. "That's why it's titled Y.O.M.O. Field."
Gillison said the field can be used for a wide range of outdoor activities, from baseball to football to volleyball. And it also has a walking track specially designed for seniors who like to get out and exercise in the open air.
The church partnered with Great Lakes Athletic Fields, a company owned by former Buffalo and Erie County Parks Commissioner Jim Hornung, to build the field on an acre of vacant land owned by the church.
The opening ceremony was led by the Rev. Dr. William Gillison, Pastor of Mount Olive Baptist Church.