Tides set makeover contest

Published 9:36 pm Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Norfolk Tides have announced the return of a contest in which a local youth field will be renovated by Tides groundskeepers and front-office staff.

Sponsored by Orkin, this field makeover will include an upgrade to the playing surface and an improvement to existing dugouts, with the recipient of the makeover being determined by a fan vote on the Tides’ Facebook page.

Bennett’s Creek Little League was the recipient of a makeover from the organization a few years ago.

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“We’re thrilled to be able to add an additional field renovation to our schedule this year,” said Tides General Manager Joe Gregory.

“We’ve had such phenomenal success with this program in the spring that we decided to add another field makeover in the fall, and our entire organization is looking forward to helping out another worthy community.”

Those interested in having the Tides make over their facility should submit a picture of their field to Heather McKeating at hmckeating@norfolktides.com. Along with the photo, fans are asked to include a brief description of why their league’s field should receive this enhancement.

The deadline to submit this information is Aug. 18, with online voting taking place on the Tides’ Facebook page Aug. 21-25.

This is the sixth year the Tides have renovated a local youth field.

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 norfolktides.com under the “community” section.

Volunteers from Safelite AutoGlass will join the Tides staff in assisting with the field renovation efforts, which will take place in late September.