Reds Community Fund donates to ECS facility

By Eddie Mowen Jr.

July 22, 2014

EATON — Phase II of the Eaton Community Schools Athletic, Wellness and Arts Center construction is nearly complete.

Work on the new baseball and softball fields has been under way for months and last week the project received a donation from the Cincinnati Reds Community Fund.

On Saturday, July 12, a few members of Eaton’s baseball program, along with head coach KJ Jones, Eaton Athletic Director Eric Silverman and former Eagle and Reds’ farmhand Bill Brower, attended the Reds-Pirates game and received a check for $10,000 during a pre-game ceremony.

“Eaton Community Schools greatly appreciates the tremendous generosity shown by the many individuals and corporations that have chosen to support our student athletes and athletic programs,” Silverman said.

“The Cincinnati Reds Organization and the Reds Community Fund’s generous gift of $10,000 towards Phase II of our facilities project is another example of many entities coming together to make a positive impact in the lives of Eaton Community Schools’ students. The support and generosity shown by the Reds Community Fund and by all who have generously contributed to this project is certain to leave a positive impact on our students for many years to come.”

In October of last year, Eaton won a $70,000 grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, a joint initiative between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association.

The Community Athletic, Wellness and Arts Center construction is in full-force on the Eaton High School and Middle School campus. Phase I of the project, which consists of the stadium, wellness center and auditorium, was successfully completed in the fall of 2013. The community welcomed these new facilities with an auditorium grand opening concert, a fall sports spirit rally stadium dedication and a first varsity Eagle football win on the new Eagle turf.

Phase II construction, which includes the baseball and softball fields and practice soccer field, has begun with an anticipated completion in spring 2015. This phase brings more participation opportunities to the community.

According to the Building on Great Tradition Campaign website, the fields are part of a larger community goal. They are to prolong the interest of youth activities, increase the quality of the programs offered and contribute to a first-class complex for athletes and the community to enjoy, which will enhance a well-rounded education and personal values for years to come. These new facilities, built from privately raised funds, have already changed and will continue to positively change the future sports and program offerings of Eaton.

To date more than $4 million has been raised toward the project.