Volunteers complete Scott Co. Boys & Girls Club "Field of Dreams"

3:03 PM, Oct 28, 2012   |    comments
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A multi-purpose sports field was a project the Boys and Girls Cub of the Cumberland Plateau talked about for years.

The Scott County facility needed a place for the hundreds of kids they serve to run and play. They had a donated space next to their facility, but it was unsafe for the kids to play on because of the uneven, rocky terrain.

WBIR Channel 10 took on the project as a part of our parent company, Gannett's "Make a Difference Day."

In a little more than 24 hours this weekend, the Boys and Girls Club's unused land made the transformation they had only dreamed about.

The rain, cold temperatures, and mud didn't stop dozens of Channel 10 employees and community volunteers from rolling out the Field of Dreams. Professionals from Nail Creek Landscape laid much of the sod on Friday. Saturday, volunteers put on the finishing touches.

"Today is hard working work," said 11-year old Rachel Lewallen.

For several weeks, Channel 10 asked for your help to make it happen. As usual, East Tennesseans didn't disappoint. We received more than $25,000 dollars in donations to pay for the sod, professional help, and extra equipment.

Lewallen and many other Boys and Girls Club members came to help put together the field they plan to use.

Lewallen's story about the impact the club has made on her life moved many of you to donate.

She wanted to thank everyone for their support especially the Siler family for their $20,000 donation.

"I would like to send a personal thanks to Paul Siler," she wrote in a thank you note to him. "When I found out you donated most of the money, it touched my heart."

The Boys and Girls Club's goal is to teach lessons like the one Rachel has learned: the importance of giving back.

In a time when the Scott County community is struggling, they're hoping to help this generation change the statistics.

"If we can help 100 kids graduate high school that otherwise wouldn't, that adds an economic impact to this community that is just tremendous," said Hank Hill, the club's director.

The field will be a resource not only for the club but the entire community. Hill said he would like to see soccer and football practices in addition to the B&G Club playtime. He also would like to see kickball and flag football leagues formed.

The Field of Dreams gives Scott County's kids room to play and dream big.

"Right now it looks like the Field of Dreams," said Lewallen.

Knoxville soccer club AYSO also donated professional equipment to make the field complete.

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