By Brian Bloom
A fund raiser by the Lady Panther softball team in Bartlett will help beautify a park and preserve donations in perpetuity, according to long-time high school coach Katie Maroon.
Softball supporters are being asked to purchase bricks bearing a name or company of the individual’s bequest. The bricks, sized as either the standard 4” x 8” or 8” x 8” are priced at $100 for the smaller bricks and $250 for the larger. The bricks will then be laid on a concrete pad directly behind the backstop of the softball field and adjacent to the bleachers.
Bartlett softball and baseball is played at Freeman Park at2629 Bartlett Blvd.The fields were donated by the City of Bartlett several years ago as part of a partnership with the school. Because the fields aren’t on Shelby County School property, all maintenance and improvements to the fields must be done through local fund raisers.
In the past, the schools sports programs have held car washes or sold barbecue or apparel. Those funds helped to install a $12,000 sprinkler system, batting cages, field tarp and wind screens. Now the team is seeking community involvement buying bricks to commemorate the investment.
Maroon, a former Bartlett high school softball stand-out and Tennessee Tech graduate, pointed out how the buy a brick program can also ensure students recognize the history of Bartlett softball.
“I played here,” Maroon said, “and I think it would be wonderful if younger people could walk up and see the names… see the tradition of people who came before.”
Maroon pointed out other former players or their families may also want to buy a brick in remembrance of their playing days. Businesses and individuals can honor graduates, parents, employees or faculty. Logos can be carved into the bricks promoting business donations with three to six lines of copy possible depending on the size of the brick.
With a goal of raising $10,000, the program needs to have donations in-hand by the December. Proceeds from the fund raiser will help in adding more bleachers, dugouts and scoreboards among other needs.
A brochure is currently available through the program. To submit a donation contact: Bartlett High School, in care of Katie Maroon, 5688 Woodlawn Rd.,Bartlett,TN38134. She may also be reached via email at email@example.com.