AAA Norfolk Tides Announced Youth Field Renovation Winner: Surry County Pony Baseball

The Norfolk Tides do a lot around the area for their community, and one of those things is renovating a field for a surrounding area youth program. This year's winner was selected via voting on the Tides' Facebook page and on Friday it was announced that Surry County Pony Baseball won this year's renovation vote.

Photo: Patrick Cavey

The Tides noted the winner via press release on Friday.

Per the press release, nearly 7,500 votes were cast on the Tides' Facebook page and after receiving nearly 2,000 votes, Surry County Pony Baseball won the contest.

The Tides will now renovate their baseball field in mid-April, and the renovations will include an upgrade to the playing surface and improvements to the existing dugouts.

There were nine local youth fields that could be voted for, with Surry County Pony Baseball coming out on top.

Tides' groundskeepers and front office staff, along with volunteers from Safelite AutoGlass, will lead the renovation effort.

"We're thrilled to offer our assistance to the people of Surry, as they demonstrated a remarkable amount of support for this contest" said Tides General Manager Joe Gregory in the press release. "The number of votes cast shows how important youth baseball is to families in the Surry community, and our entire organization can't wait to get started."
This year marks the sixth-straight year the Tides are renovating a youth field in the area, and in the first five years the Tides renovated eight local fields: Ocean View Little League (Norfolk), Smithfield Recreation Association (Smithfield), Bennett's Creek Little League (Suffolk), Phoebus Little League (Hampton), Shore Little League (Nassawadox), Cradock Little League (Portsmouth), Little Creek National (Norfolk) and Gloucester Youth Baseball (Gloucester).

If you are curious as to what helps make this type of project possible, the Tides state:
The project is made possible thanks to the Tides 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. The Youth Baseball Fund is partially financed by scoreboard announcements at Harbor Park throughout the season, and those wishing to make a donation directly to the Youth Baseball Fund can do so via under the "community" section.
This is something that just sticks out to me as really cool. Any time I see any professional sports organization doing something in their community to not only help promote the game to the youth, but to improve the current situation for the youth taking part in that sport, is tremendous, and I applaud the Norfolk Tides for this project, which is now six-years strong.


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  1. That is a wonderful thing the Tides do. I am sure it is valued and greatly appreciated.


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