Swanton Baseball and Softball Complex Committee Solicits Donations

The Athletic Department of Swanton Local Schools has sent a letter to local businesses soliciting for donations as part of an effort to raise funds to finance the construction of a baseball/softball complex on the grounds of the high school.  There are 11 Donation Support Tiers ranging from $100 to $250,000 with naming considerations attached to each tier.  The letter reads as follows:

To Whom It May Concern:

As part of the Swanton community and surrounding area, we wanted you to know about exciting things happening at Swanton Local Schools, in particular with our sports facilities.

Since 1939, the Swanton Bulldogs’ home baseball field, located in Memorial Park in Swanton, OH, has been owned by the Village of Swanton.  Set nestled between a WWI Monument, Main Street, Swan Creek and a playground, the surrounding environment creates an unmistakable ambiance.  This vintage atmosphere, however, has created problems.  In twenty-five years, there has been minimal upgrades due to funding priorities within the Village park expenses.  The baseball and softball fields are in dire need of upgrades, such as infield tiling and rebuilding of mounds, dugouts and bullpens.  In addition, the park setting creates sometimes dangerous obstacles, particularly in regard to handicap accessibility and lack of parking space.

As you may be aware, it has been the goal of Swanton Local Schools Administration to, one day, get all facilities on a centralized campus.  We have started a fund to build our own baseball and softball complex on the high school campus, bringing all sports facilities used by Swanton High School into one location.  We have decided to apply for several grants in addition to the fund to help us bring this dream to fruition.  We are asking interested parties to donate to this worthy cause.  Any type of donation would be greatly appreciated.  We are asking local businesses to lend a hand in making our dream a reality by either sponsoring a part of our project, donating an amount of your choice to our field complex fund, or donating building materials or labor toward the project.

We hope you are just as excited for our new adventure as we are.  We would love to set up a time to discuss your potential sponsorship of our project and answer any questions that you may have.  Please contact the Board of Education at 419-826-7085 to set up a time to meet with our team.  If you like to donate directly, checks can be made out to Swanton Local Schools with “Baseball and Softball Complex in the memo line and dropped off or mailed to the Swanton Board of Education, 108 N. main St., Swanton, OH 43558.

Thank you for your consideration in supporting Swanton Athletics.  We look forward to partnering with you.

Sincerely,

Swanton Baseball & Softball Complex Committee

Chris Lake (Swanton Superintendent), Wade Haselman (Swanton Athletic Director), Joshua Siewert (Swanton Head Baseball Coach), Becky O’Shea (Swanton Teacher and Parent), Amy Remer (Swanton Community Member and Parent)

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