BUCKHANNON – B-UHS and B-UMS softball teams were grateful to receive a $5,000 donation Sat. March 30 for the “Field of Dreams” fund from Buckhannon Toyota.
Alyssa Abel and Katarah Linger were geared up and all smiles during the ceremony Sunday, just knowing a new field to practice on this summer was well underway. Alyssa is a sixth grader at B-UMS and plays as the team’s shortstop and catcher, and Katarah is an eighth grader at B-UMS who plays second base.
Kip Cottrill, General Manager of Buckhannon Toyota, was pleased to be able to continue the Toyota tradition that supports the community youth in Buckhannon. He said, “There is a shortage of fields for the kids to play on here, especially between the ages of 12-15.”
Brett Robinson, chief organizer of the “Field of Dreams” project, was thrilled to receive the check. He said, “This has been a six-year long project in the works.” His daughter was in sixth grade when he started working on the project and petitioning the school board of education to approve it. His daughter graduates high school this year and he is finally satisfied to know phase one will be completed by the end of the summer.
Levi Bender, Head Coach of the B-UHS softball team, is ecstatic. He is looking forward to having his team be able to use this field first. “We could practice for three weeks this summer.” He said, “By the time the field is completed, the middle school girls will be playing on the field as high schoolers.”
Phase one of four is slated to be completed by the end of the summer. There is not yet a definite date for when phase four will be completed. The project will cost approximately $200,000. “Of the $200,000, $140,000 will come from lighting,” Brett Robinson states. The new softball field will be located near the high school where the old football field was located.
Any organization that would like to help in making the Field of Dreams a reality is advised to contact Robinson at 304-703-7625