Kris Allen and a crew from American Idol traveled to Arkansas yesterday to shoot a promo for American Idol 10
In the morning he stopped by Excell Park in Jacksonville, where he used to play baseball as a kid. He presented a check for $1, 375 to the Jacksonville Youth Baseball Program from money they was was raised from the sale of Kris Allen t-shirts. One of the fields will be renamed the Kris Allen field to honor him and his accomplishments. See photos from the event HERE.
Later in the afternoon, Kris and the film crew headed to Simon Park in Conway, AR, where the Mayor, Tab Townsell said a few words about him. A few friends who knew Kris during his Arkansas days, including the pastor of his church, New Life’s Brandon Shatswell also spoke to the crowd about Kris.
Pastor Shatswell thanked Kris for sharing his talent with so many people and “staying strong and staying yourself”.
Mayor Townsell said, “I can’t think of a better ambassador for our city than Kris Allen’s been since he won American Idol.” Townell read a proclamation to name the stage at Simon Park the Kris Allen Stage.
Kris Allen at Excell Park
Kris Allen Honored in Simon Park