Sutter Health and Sacramento River Cats Pitch in for $50,000 Baseball Field Makeover
$50,000 Investment Transforms the Grounds into a “Field of Dreams”
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Foothill High School’s baseball team now plays on a “field of dreams” thanks to a $50,000 transformation of the overgrown and crumbling grounds. Part of the Fit-for-Life Baseball Field Makeover program by Sutter Health and the Sacramento River Cats, the two-year-long transformation included months of construction and volunteer work hours.
“Last year, our field was a mess of overgrown weeds, an uneven infield and broken fencing,” remembered Foothill High School’s Varsity Baseball Coach Jim Crum. “Now – thanks to the support of the Sacramento River Cats and Sutter Health – our players, and the community, have something to be proud of and to offer future generations of baseball players.”
To commemorate the new field, River Cats pitchers Neil Wagner and Justin Souza and first baseman Wes Timmons led a hands-on baseball camp for Foothill’s Junior Varsity and Varsity baseball teams to offer tips and demonstrate how physical activity and a safe field contribute to a healthy lifestyle.
“This unique partnership means much more than rebuilding a field,” said Traci Van, community benefit director for Sutter Health. “We believe in promoting lifelong wellness and supporting our communities in ways that stretch beyond the walls of our care centers.”
This is the fifth and final year of the “Fit for Life” Baseball Field Makeover program. Previous Sacramento-area school winners received $25,000 donations for their makeover projects. Foothill’s grant covered two years of the makeover program because of the severe conditions of its field.
In addition to nearly 400 volunteer hours spent on infield clean up, fence installation and other hands-on projects, the transformed field includes:
- New infield and bullpens
- Rebuilt mound and home plate area
- New bases for baseball and softball fields
- New riding lawn mower
- Aluminum bleachers
- Scorer’s table
- Concession stand
- New baseball equipment, including baseballs, whiffle balls, L-screen, bats, tees
“This program is good for the health of our community and good for the region’s youth sports programs,” said Jeff Savage, River Cats general manager. “The River Cats are thrilled to partner with Sutter Health on this annual effort.”
“Fit for Life” Baseball Field Makeover Beneficiaries
- 2011-2012: Foothill High School ($50,000)
- 2010: San Juan High School ($25,000)
- 2009: Grant Union High School ($20,000) and Highlands High School ($5,000)
- 2008: Encina Preparatory High School ($25,000)
- 2007: Hiram Johnson High School ($25,000)
The not-for-profit Sutter Health network has a longstanding commitment to enhancing the health and well-being of communities throughout Northern California. During 2011, our Sutter Health family provided a record $756 million in vital care and services to the poor and underserved in Northern California.
About Sacramento River Cats
In their first 12 seasons, the River Cats have won two Triple-A championships, four Pacific Coast League championships and 10 Pacific South Division championships. No other major American sports team has won 10 division titles in that span. To purchase 2012 Sacramento River Cats single-game or season tickets, mini-plans, or to book a group outing, call the River Cats Ticket Hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487) or visit www.rivercats.com.