Chevrolet Hits Home Run with 'Dream' Baseball Diamond in Sacramento Area - VIDEO ENHANCED
GRANITE BAY, CA March 17, 2011: What started as a simple online ZIP code nomination by area-resident Marie Kennedy became a boon for local baseball teams when a Lakeside Little League field was chosen as one of five winners of Chevrolet's Building Diamonds and Dreams program.
Local winner Kennedy selected the Lakeside Little League to be the beneficiary of the field renovation. Lakeside Little League uses Ronald Feist Park, a multi-field baseball/softball complex owned and maintained by Placer County.
"I was so thrilled because it was for the kids," said local resident Kennedy, who nominated Granite Bay for a field makeover. "These Little Leagues, no matter what the town, depend on donations and help from the community. I'm very happy that I entered the Building Diamonds and Dreams program and ended up a finalist."
Click PLAY to watch video
Now that spring is here and the baseball season is about to start, the entire community was invited to the field dedication ceremony that took place yesterday, Wednesday, at the Coker-Ewing Field at Ronald Feist Park, 9177 Twin Schools Road, Granite Bay, CA 95746.
The 2010 Building Diamonds and Dreams program, sponsored by Chevrolet and The Scotts Company, was an online promotion where fans of local youth baseball teams nominated their community for a chance to win a field makeover. Five winners were drawn from all entries and the winners chose the youth league of their choice to receive the professional field renovation.
The refurbishments focused on the aesthetics and playability of the field by providing Major League quality materials for the renovation. For the Coker-Ewing field at Feist Park, the makeover included a reconstructed pitcher's mound, new infield skin, re-cut base paths, new home plate and bases, drainage installation, new coaches' boxes, and other upgrades. Renovations were completed in November of 2010 by Ripken Design, the sports design and consulting firm owned by National Baseball Hall of Famer, Cal Ripken, Jr. and 12-year Major League Baseball veteran, Bill Ripken.
"Chevrolet's 'Building Diamonds and Dreams' program is another facet of our commitment to youth baseball programs across America," said Phil Caruso, Chevrolet Marketing Manager. "Every young ball player wants and deserves a 'dream' baseball diamond and Chevrolet along with our partner, The Scotts Company, is proud to have brought one to the Granite Bay community."
Chevrolet is proud to be the "Official Vehicle of Major League Baseball." Through the Chevy Youth Baseball program, Chevrolet supports youth baseball leagues in communities across the country. Since its beginning in Atlanta in 2006, Chevy Youth Baseball has benefited more than one million youth baseball players and their families. More information about the 2011 Building Diamonds and Dreams program can be found at chevybaseball.com
Scotts, the Official Lawn Care Company of MLB, continues to partner with Chevrolet and MLB on multiple field refurbishments. Scotts believes that it is important to offer youth a safe, reliable field and playing area. In addition to helping reduce injuries, a strong foundation of thick and lush grass helps to create a beautiful outdoor environment that encourages children to spend time outdoors.