More Than A Game Renovating Two Baseball Fields in Phenix City


Rakes, weedwackers, and shovels.

The sounds of summer work, but the work being done on a field in Phenix City is a little different.

“I love the feeling,” said Calvary Christian rising junior Stephen Smith.

The feeling of bringing smiles to younger faces.

It’s what the organization More Than A Game has been doing for years. The service they’re doing this week hits close to home.

“One of the things we like to do is focus domestically as well,” said President Tim Fanning. “So we started looking for something in our own backyard that hasn’t been used that needed our attention and could impact our community in a big time way.”

A week after serving four cities in the Dominican Republic, More Than A Game is back in Phenix City helping renovate two fields at Meadowlane Park that will serve younger kids in the many years to come.

“Once we fix it and do all this work on it, people will actually play on it and and be able to get something out of it,” said Glenwood rising senior Chase Baker.

Over the next few days, this group will resurface the infield, renovate the dugouts and put on a fresh coat of paint.

“The little kids and the bigger kids are gonna have fun on the field and be able to play on something that is nice,” Smith said.

Because the whole purpose of More Than A Game is to enlist athletes to help others.

Projects like this one do just that.

“Eventually they’re not going to be athletes so what type of person are you when that’s done?,” Fanning said. “In my opinion, a life of service leads you to anything you want to be in life.”

And for these student athletes from Glenwood and Calvary Christian, their service this week will help make these fields shine a little brighter.

More Than A Game is planning on hosting a free youth clinic this Friday, June 16th at Meadowlane Park.

The clinic is free to all area youth and will run from 9-12pm. Lunch will be provided.

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