Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Milwaukee Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation announce the reconstruction of the Sherman Park baseball field to accommodate Boys & Girls Clubs’ Little League and softball games and programs. The announcement was made last night during Boys & Girls Clubs Salute to Youth MVP Dinner & Celebration at the Pfister Hotel, located at 424 E. Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation presented a check for $100,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs for the field’s reconstruction.
“The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs’ Youth Sports programs is to provide members with access to youth sports that impart valuable life lessons such as teamwork and good sportsmanship as well as develop their leadership skills,” says Vincent Lyles, president & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. “This support from Milwaukee Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation will help do just that.”
“On behalf of Brewers Community Foundation, the Sherman Park baseball field revitalization is consistent with our mission to positively impact the lives of children and their families in Greater Milwaukee and Wisconsin,” says Cecelia Gore, Executive Director of the Foundation. “This revitalization project will make Little League baseball and softball accessible to Boys & Girls Clubs and other local residents, especially those who live in the inner city.”
In addition to the revitalization project, Milwaukee Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation have been long-time supporters of Boys & Girls Clubs’ RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) Program as well as Little Brewers softball, which is a statewide program that teaches young children the fundamentals of the game.
Milwaukee County Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture is also a partner in the project. It will be responsible for the field’s maintenance. Boys & Girls Clubs will have exclusive field access for the first two years. Construction will begin this year and the field will be playable for the start of the 2014 baseball and softball season. It will include a new scoreboard, field fencing and dugouts, infield landscaping and paint field infrastructure.
Located on the corner of N. Sherman Blvd. and W. Burleigh St., the baseball field was highly used and known for its immaculate condition. The revitalized baseball field supports the growth of baseball and softball among central city children. The reconstructed field will be built with adaptive diamond dimensions to accommodate Boys & Girls Clubs baseball and softball programs for young people.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig grew up in the area and played baseball on the field.