FENTON, Mo. (KMOX) – A child’s desire to play and have fun isn’t diminished just because they’re confined to a wheelchair or use a walker.
That’s the thinking that led to construction of a new ballfield being dedicated Thursday morning in Fenton.
The Astro Turf field will be usable by any child, regardless of physical limitations.
“The field needs to be accessible for wheelchairs and walkers,” explains Deb Fruend, executive director for TASK (Team Activities for Special Kids). “Obviously if you have turf it’s a lot easier to push your own wheelchair or walker and independence is something that’s key around here.”
Cardinals Care, FOX Sports Midwest and 20th Century FOX Home Entertainment are dedicating the field, which was made possible by a $50,000 investment made in conjunction with the twentieth anniversary of the popular film “The Sandlot”.
In addition, the actor who played “Ham” in that beloved 1993 coming-of-age film — Patrick Renna — will be on hand for the dedication ceremony to be held at 10 am at TASK Field, 980 Horan Dr. in Fenton.
Fruend says she can’t wait for children with physical and mental concerns to hit the all-accessible turf field to play tee ball, softball, kickball, etc.
“So that their self-esteem gets a boost and they know that they can be just as so-called ‘normal’ as anyone else,” says Fruend.