Back in June, I blogged about the Rochester Club’s “Field of Dreams,” a baseball field specially designed for handicapped kids to do that all-American thing: Play ball! The Field was built by the Rochester Club in memory of member Howie Seckendorf, who had been a Little League coach and who had died far too young. The story was that Howie had read an article about a specially constructed field for special needs kids, and that the article had inspired him to want to build such a field in the Rochester area — but then he had died.
The club and his widow Kim decided to build the field in Howie’s honor, and in June it was inaugurated with the very first pitch thrown out. Even so, try as they might, they couldn’t find the article that had so inspired Howie. Neither could I. As I mentioned in my blog, angels must have been involved: The article had inspired Howie, but then it wasn’t there.
Turns out, there were angels involved, but of an entirely different sort. This morning I heard from Jesse Davis, a staffer at Rotary International, who had read the blogpost — and found the article. The reason he was successful and we weren’t says something about his due diligence: It turns out the article dates to 2000. It never occurred to me to look that far back …
Right – click on the link above — the article should open in a new window. And I promise, you will be as inspired as was Howie.