TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – For nearly 60 years, the Troy Central Little League has been a hub of activities, resources, and sports for kids and families in the area.
Through a program involving young professionals from all over the Capital Region, the Troy Central Little League field has gotten a much needed face lift in order to continue their legacy of building trust, respect, and unity in the City of Troy.
Troy Center Little League Baseball cut the ribbon Friday at a ceremony revealing renovations to the field.
“The old song writer said amazing grace, this little league has grace,” Troy Central Little League President Mac Henderson said.
Now it also has new grass, bleachers, kitchen equipment, and a brand new tractor for the grounds keeper.
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$60,000 worth of renovations has given the Troy Central Little League a fresh start.
“There’s days we come out here and we just cry a little bit, because this is amazing.”
The renovations came through a group of 38 young professionals in the Leadership Tech Valley Class. They chose Troy Central Little League as their volunteer project, which is part of the program.
“We looked at an organization that needed our help the most. An organization that may not have received the help if we hadn’t stepped in,” Josh Davenport, Leadership Tech Valley Class of 2016, said.
Before the changes, the fields were not kept up and the trees were overgrown. Now things look completely different.
The league serves a more important purpose to the families in the North Central neighborhood of Troy by teaching children the basics of life through sport.
“We teach them how to be young men,” Henderson said. “Pull your pants up, sit down, here’s how you’re supposed to talk to people. We try to teach them proper language.”
For the Leadership Valley Class of 2016, it’s the culmination of months of planning and hard work.
Davenport says they are thinking of starting their own non-profit to keep finding ways to benefit the community.
As for the Troy Central Little League, there are only two words to say, play ball.