Volunteers spruce up Field of Dreams for little sluggers

Little League baseball in Cayman has a rejuvenated new home.

The Young Men’s Christian Association teamed up with the Cayman Islands Little League Association to stage a cleanup of the Field of Dreams facility in George Town over the weekend. More than 100 local volunteers showed up, some representing local companies like Deloitte, to paint fences and complete field repairs.

Gregory J. Smith, who serves as the chief executive officer for YMCA Cayman Islands, said last Saturday’s effort was about fostering a positive connection.

“The YMCA is all about relationships,” Smith said. “Collaborations, such as this cleanup, are key. The Y is focused on youth development and looks forward to partnering with Little League and others to develop programs aimed at strengthening the community.”

Little League director-at-large Jonathan DaCosta served as event organizer and saw volunteers use a variety of equipment, such as rakes, shovels and hammers. In addition to the fields, the children’s playground area was also spruced up.

Jeff Pouchie serves as Little League president and also served as chief burger cooker for the cleanup. Pouchie said he was most pleased with the young people who helped out.

“Our kids need to have ownership of the facilities they use,” Pouchie said.

Little League plans to do more work days in the future. The cleaning came ahead of the group’s 25th season. This year’s campaign will see contests starting Feb. 3, catering to kids ages 5-16 at no charge. In addition, the association will be putting on its 2014 Winter Adult Coed Softball League. The field will serve as the venue for the women’s division of the Cayman Islands Softball Association annual fast-pitch league, which is slated to begin play March 15. The men’s division is expected to launch March 16.