What was once a diamond of water troughs and slopes has been transformed into a flawless sport’s field for youth baseball and softball. Now the only challenges are pitching, batting, and catching – where players’ skills are all that make the difference. “Upgrading the North Park youth field was an expensive undertaking,” Lamoni’s Community Center / Recreational Director, Brandon De Cook, said. “We were glad when BTC Bank stepped up to underwrite the cost first at $10,000 – and then they added an extra $2,000 for additional cost.”
“I played youth sports growing up,” Brian Fonseca, BTC’s Chief Technology Officer, said. “Looking back, I know how much it was positive part of my life. That’s one of the reasons why I actively support BTC’s efforts to promote athletics in our community!” Fonseca also dedicates his time to coaching. His nationally ranked Firestorm, a USSSA 14 and under girls’ softball team, qualified to compete in the Nationals taking home 7th place.
The field was leveled, dips and slopes were cut out, new base anchors were furnished, and the infield was given a makeover to assure there would be no bad “hops.” Consistency, safety, and drainage are all important properties of an infield mix. “Over 70 percent of all games are played on the infield so we wanted our youth players have a field that was safe – one where only their athletic abilities mattered,” De Cook said. “We had Iowa Cubs Sports Turf Management evaluate the field and provide a plan to upgrade it. After that, they turned it into a model field.”
“BTC Bank is very youth oriented,” Ashley Shisler, BTC Bank Marketing Director, said. “We’ve supported Lamoni’s youth activities in many different ways including the field sign program, playground equipment for Central Park, and the BTC Bank sponsored Tractor Pedal Pull at LAFF. We think this is the best way to show our commitment to the Lamoni community.”