Score a home run for Legacy Baseball Field
KEEPING SCORE — A scoreboard stands ready for use when the Rome Baseball Association begins hosting baseball games later this summer at its new Legacy Field, located near the Chestnut Street entrance to Griffiss Business and Technology Park. In the background is the B-52 Mohawk Valley that greets visitors at the tech park entrance. The scoreboard was made possible through a grant from the Rome Community Foundation’s Stevens-Kingsley Fund.
With an $8,000 grant from the Rome Community Foundation, a new scoreboard has been erected on Legacy Field, the Rome Baseball Association’s fourth baseball diamond.
Jeff DeLutis, chairman of the Association, said the newly constructed field will enable the non-profit organization to serve more youth in the target age group of 13-18. He said the installation of the scoreboard is part of an overall construction plan that included land preparation, new field fencing, dugouts, a press box, a warning track and eventual spectator seating.
The new diamond is located on a 20.5-acre parcel near the Chestnut Street entrance to Griffiss Business and Technology Park.
"We are very grateful for the continuing support of the Rome Community Foundation, whose financial help enables us to maintain a reputation as one of the top baseball facilities in New York state," DeLutis noted.
Legacy Field will be able to add as many as 50 games to the association’s roster each year, as well as host more out-of-state teams. He said the new field also will be used for team practice sessions on days when games are not scheduled.
David C. Grow, president of the Foundation, said the grant from the foundation’s Stevens-Kingsley Fund recognizes the baseball association for its dedication and commitment to residents of the Rome area. "The Rome Baseball Association provides a very valuable service to our community by offering high-quality baseball facilities that are enjoyed by youth and adult teams alike."
Anyone interested in checking the 2012 schedule of games, or in obtaining more information, can visit www.delutisfield.org.
The Foundation provides financial assistance to non-profit organizations and institutions for projects that benefit the Rome community. It also accepts individual donations, memorial contributions, and bequests from a variety of sources. To learn more about the foundation, visit www.RomeCommunityFoundation.org.