There is something special about a little league game. The sights, the sounds and smells of a game are special to both players and spectators.
But what happens to the fields when there are no games to be played? No popcorn to be served or hits to applaud? This is the part of the little league that many do not see.
The hours of hard work that go into maintaining the fields. For an organization like Lowes Creek Little League, this is done 100 percent by volunteers. In September, Globe University-Eau Claire, in partnership with the United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley, had an opportunity to help keep little league fields looking great.
As part of the annual day of caring, 10 volunteers from GU-EC spent time doing field restoration work for Lowes Creek Little League. Staff, faculty, students and their family members, spent the morning restoring the fields and getting them game ready.
“Volunteer work is a wonderful way to get out of the office and still have a productive day. Sometimes someone else’s work can be your refreshing change of pace,” said Shaw Liljeqvist, Library Resource Specialist and General Education Instructor.
And they did some work. The team removed weeds from the infield, trimmed grass and trees along the outfield fence and leveled baselines with dirt. It was physically demanding at times, but the group really came together to help each other out.
The team even found time to help organize and clean the storage shed behind the fields. The entire project lasted about four hours, and despite the rainy forecast, the weather cooperated perfectly.
This is the fourth year in a row that Globe University-Eau Claire has participated in the annual day of caring event.