They are calling it “Faith Field” - a place where hope is felt; dreams are made; and angels gather to play baseball.
And in the spring, organizers of the new field, say they hope it will be a place where children who participate in the Erath County Angel League, a non-competitive T-ball league for children with special needs, will enjoy.
Construction is currently under way to transform a piece of property, located between Faith Lutheran Church and Boucher, Morgan and Young, on the Northwest Loop into a wheelchair accessible baseball field.
“This is a dream many of us have had for a long time,” Carey Strohmeyer, who is heading up the project, said. “It’s all about giving these kids something special.”
Strohmeyer said the property is owned by the church and that church members had been looking to develop the land into some type of “activity area” for a while. But after last spring’s Angel League season - when scheduling conflicts with other T-ball leagues made finding time for games difficult — the group knew what they wanted to do with the property.
They would turn the land into a baseball field where very special angels would play - one that features a wheelchair-accessible dugout and a close parking area.
“It just seemed like a natural fit to expand our project into this,” Strohmeyer said. “We wanted to give these kids and their families a convenient place to play ball.”
Tori Adams, who helps organize Angel League, said she is thrilled with the prospect of getting a new field. She said the league is sponsored by the Stephenville Optimist Club, Stephenville Lions Club, the Stephenville Parks and Recreation Department and Coca-Cola, although there are many area volunteers who help with the estimated 25 kids who participate.
Adams said the league is important because it teaches people how to interact with those who are different.
“It is the volunteers who end up feeling blessed for having the chance to play with these kids,” Adams said. “They are such a joy.”
The project is being funded by private donations. Strohmeyer said a minimum of $10,000 is needed to construct the “bare minimum,” but hopes to raise much more.
Anyone who would like to give to this project can do so through the Faith Lutheran Church, earmarking the donation to “Faith Field.” For more information, call Strohmeyer at 254-396-5018.
Sara Vanden Berge covers courts, law enforcement, and business and political issues for the Empire-Tribune. She can be reached at email@example.com. Her work number is 968-2379, ext. 240.