Dream League Field comes to Berks County

Baseballtown Charities and Fightin Phils raise $650,000 towards first special needs baseball field

By Reading Fightin Phils | October 26, 2016 11:44 AM ET

Reading, Pa., Oct. 26, 2016 - Baseballtown Charities' Dream League, a non-profit organization based in Reading, Pa., raised more than $650,000 towards building Berks County's first baseball field for special needs players at their kick off Diamonds and Dreams Dinner Under the Stars event hosted by the Reading Fightin Phils at FirstEnergy Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016.

At the Diamonds and Dreams Dinner Under the Stars event, the 300 community and business leaders in attendance were introduced to 11 of the leagues' future players and treated to meals from four of the area's finest chefs including: Chef Brad Fisher from Berkshire Country Club, Chef Tim Twiford from the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chef Dave Brennan from Panevino, and Chef Devin Schwartz & Owner Operator George Zeppos from Willoughby's on Park. Proceeds from the event will help build the Baseballtown Dream League's Savage 61 Field of Dreams complex custom-designed for those with physical and developmental disabilities.

"Parents of special needs players in the Miracle League in Lehigh County tell us how their children live for the days when they're playing baseball. But for many families, the distance to the Lehigh County fields is inaccessible," said Chuck Domino, president of Baseballtown Charities. "We're thrilled to partner with the Reading Fightin Phils and community leaders to be able to support the first special needs field in Berks County that can serve families in Greater Reading and surrounding areas."

Baseballtown Charities was established in 2002 and has since raised more than $1 million to build Gordon Hoodak Stadium, a field of dreams in the heart of inner-city Reading, which has provided more than 1,000 boys and girls who otherwise might not have had the opportunity with a chance to participate in the game. Baseballtown Charities' Dream League recently expanded its campaign to give those with physical and developmental disabilities the same chance to experience the magic of baseball and thrill of playing on the diamond through custom-designed, turf fields that accommodate wheelchairs and other assertive devices while helping to prevent injuries.

The Savage 61 Field of Dreams is slated to open Fall 2017. Baseballtown Charities will continue to raise funds to support the Baseballtown Dream League complex. Baseball town 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 baseballtown@fightins.com 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

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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