BRAZIL, Ind. (WTHI) – Last November an empty field in Craig Park began construction into a softball field complex. Now the American Softball Kids and Indiana Havoc teamed up to build the complex.
Indiana Havoc Founder Tony Smodilla is breaking ground on the new project.
“Having a home field is hard to do. Fields are hard to come by in Vigo County and Clay County,” said Smodilla.
But with the help of the community, he’s making it happen. You’ll find him at the field three to four times a week. Raking in the hours, so kids in the community have a field of their own.
“It’s good for them to have a place they can call home,” said Smodilla. “For them to come here once a week and have practices and eventually host tournaments.”
“When we can all sit back and we can just look at this and say ‘Wow’ the three fields are going and there are tournaments here and Brazil finally has something great going. It’ll be a good feeling,” said original founder Karen McQueen.
A year ago, McQueen saw a need for a local field. She teamed up with Tony’s travel team, Indiana Havoc, to make her idea a reality.
The first field will be done by the end of fall. Girls and boys already began using the first field. Two more softball and baseball fields will be built in the behind the first field.
But they haven’t built the fields on their own. Local businesses and parents donated anything from fencing to dugout benches to dirt on the field.
“Everyone in Brazil has been very forthcoming with their finances to help us,” said McQueen.
“A sponsored sign really doesn’t say enough for the gratitude that I feel for those organizations and companies,” said Smodilla.
While the community continues to give money and supplies to the field, McQueen predicts these businesses will soon see a return.
“A tournament is an all weekend thing. It starts on a Friday and ends on a Sunday so people have to eat. They have to get gas in their cars. They even stay in the hotels,” said McQueen. “So it’s a huge thing for the community to have a facility to host tournaments.”
So Smodilla, McQueen and the rest of the community will keep working to give kids a home away from home.
If you would like to donate money or supplies to the complex click here: http://www.indianahavoc.org/