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AYSO donates soccer equipment to the Field of Dreams

12:36 AM, Nov 28, 2012   |    comments
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It may have been a cold and dreary November day in Scott County, but the local kids were dreaming of sunshine and spring on Tuesday, when a big donation arrived for the Field of Dreams.

In October, Channel 10 employees helped community volunteers build the multi-purpose sports field at the Boys and Girls Club of the Cumberland Plateau in Scott County.  It will be used for outdoor activities by the kids at the club, and other local organizations for sporting and other outdoor events.  You helped us raise more than $25,000 to make it all possible.

On Tuesday, the Knoxville regional chapter of the American Youth Soccer Association (AYSO) brought goals, nets, flags, field markers, t-shirts and more for the kids and the field, all left over from the national tournament that was held in Knoxville this summer.

"We were very blessed in East Tennessee to be able to host the national games, we had lots of sponsors gave us lots of stuff, so this is kind of paying it forward," said Dianne Stratton, the AYSO Area 5B Director.  She also organized the national games locally.

For the 300 kids who play AYSO in Scott County, the Field of Dreams means they have more room to play, and to grow.

"Well, we are always struggling for places to play, so it's going to be so important.  The field is in the middle of our county so anything we do on that Field of Dreams, and that's a great name for this, will be augmented for the Boys and Girls Club," said Mike Swain, the AYSO Region Coach Trainer, who is also a board member at the club.

The regional AYSO folks say they will return in the spring to help line and mark the field, to get it ready for the soccer season.

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