The Norfolk Tides organization will be renovating the Phoebus Little League field in Hampton on Wednesday, April 17 and Thursday, April 18. Phoebus Little League was the winner of the 2013 Field Renovation Contest, garnering over five thousand votes in an online contest.
Members of the Tides front office staff, including head groundskeeper Kenny Magner, will take part in the field makeover, which will include an upgrade to the playing surface and an improvement to existing dugouts.
"Our entire organization is really excited to head out to Phoebus this week" said Tides General Manager Joe Gregory. "This is a chance for us to make a difference in the community, and we are eager to do our part in giving some very deserving children a wonderful place to play baseball."
This year's contest saw over 14,000 votes cast for 13 nominated fields in just five days of online voting. The Tides also helped to renovate three fields in 2012 - Ocean View Little League (Norfolk), Smithfield Recreation Association (Smithfield) and Bennett's Creek Little League (Suffolk).
The project is possible because of the Youth Baseball Fund, a program established by the Tides in 1990 as a way to raise money for youth baseball and softball programs in Hampton Roads. In addition to assisting with field renovations, the Youth Baseball Fund also helps local teams and leagues with travel expenses.