On Saturday, April 21 at 10 a.m., Baseballtown Charities and the Baseballtown Dream League held “Opening Day” at the brand new Savage 61 Dream Field at the Relevant Sports Complex. The Savage 61 Dream Field is the first baseball field in Berks County that is designed specifically for children with physical and developmental challenges.
The Baseballtown Dream League players, coaches, volunteers, and sponsors, along with the Reading Fightin Phils front office staff and players, helped unveil the brand new Savage 61 Dream Field. Distinguished guests such as Tim Profit of Savage 61 Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Thomas Gombar, District Office Director for Pennsylvania State Senator Judy Schwank, and President of Baseballtown Charities Chuck Domino, all spoke on behalf of the Savage 61 Dream Field.
The Fightin Phils coaches and players played catch with many of the Dream League players before the official ceremony got underway. The Dream League players all got a chance to hit a “home run” and circle the bases for the first time on this brand new field.
The Savage 61 Dream Field was announced in October of 2016 at the Diamonds and Dreams Dinner event hosted by the Reading Fightin Phils at First Energy Stadium.
IM ABLE Foundation and Baseballtown Charities announced a partnership in January of 2017 to build an adaptive playground at the new Savage 61 Dream Field. The playground will create a motivating and encouraging environment that will allow all children, including those with physical or cognitive challenges, to play together. Children who use a wheelchair, cane, or crutches will be able to move freely throughout the playground. The surface of the playground will be rubber tile.
Baseballtown Charities will continue to raise funds to support the Baseballtown Dream League complex. Baseballtown is also recruiting community members to serve as volunteer “angels” to assist Dream League players at every game.
Parents and community members interested in signing up children, volunteering, or donating can email Baseballtown Charities at [email protected] for more information.
About Baseballtown Charities’ Dream League
Baseballtown Charities’ Dream League is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Reading, PA that focuses on making dreams come true one pitch at a time. The Savage 61 Field of Dreams will be constructed at Relevant Sports Complex in Temple, PA. Since 2002, Baseballtown Charities has worked to build inclusive baseball diamonds as well as bonds between players, teammates, and supportive communities. For more information, visit www.baseballtowndreamleague.com.