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Field of dreams set to open in Ste. Genevieve

STE. GENEVIEVE, MO (KFVS) - For those who love the game of baseball, there is just something magical about the crack of the bat.

It brings the community together, and that's what a new field in Ste. Genevieve is all about.

On this field, everyone who steps up to the plate is a star.

Braden, 10, has quite the cheering section.

His mom and dad refuse to let autism and other development delays get in the way of Braden's love of the game.

Jason Schott might be chief deputy in Ste Genevieve County, but he's dad 24/7.

His little boy is the reason this field of dreams didn't just stay a dream.

"One thing lead to another, and this is where we're standing now," said Jason Schott.

The initial hope was to bring Challenger Baseball to Ste. Genevieve.

It's a league for people of all ages who have special needs.

"This year we had 51 players this Spring...which is crazy big," said Sarah Schott.

The community didn't just support Challenger Baseball, but something bigger. They supported a beautiful, professional quality field.

The turf not only eliminates rain-outs, but caters to players of all abilities.

"It's a lot better for wheelchairs, and the little kids who have trouble running," said player Jason Hill.

Jason Hill plays for the Rockets. To him, this new field is a home run.

"It's awesome," said Hill. "I'll be honest with you...it really is."

Everyone is equal. They don't keep score, and no one strikes out.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     "This gives them an opportunity to get out and make friends and give them that camaraderie," said Jason Schott.                                         

The community made it all happen.

The field itself cost more than $600,000.

More than half of that was paid for, or donated by the people of Ste. Genevieve.

"It means a ton," said Jason Schott as he tried to hold back tears.

To Schott, the joy it brings to his son and the other players is just not something he or anyone else can really put into words.

The park is nearly complete.

Workers are putting on the finishing touches. The hope is to hold a grand opening in September.

Crystal Britt asked Jason Hill what he would like to say to the people who helped donate money, time and supplies to make this field possible.
   
"I'd like to say thank you, thanks for everything they did the hard work...we really enjoy the field," said Hill.

It's a field of memories between father and son, and something for an entire community to enjoy for generations to come.

The field will be open to everyone.

It sits behind the community center in Ste. Genevieve.

The hope is to eventually add an all-inclusive playground.

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