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Dick’s Sporting Goods Blog – Little Fenway: How Mini Ballpark Replicas Bring Communities Together
Strike 3 Foundation WIFFLE Ball Tournament
The #1 goal at Little Fenway is to enable every guest to have fun. Fortunately this goal has been fulfilled over and over for 15 straight years and, in the process, we developed a second goal. The second goal is to make a difference in the world by leveraging Little Fenway to raise money for many different charitable causes, most notably the Travis Roy Foundation and SLAMDiabetes. Over $4 Million has been raised for charities since the initial event on September 15, 2001, which raised $1,400 for the 9-11 disaster relief efforts.
Little Wrigley (2007) and Little Field of Dreams (2014) were built to enable more players and more teams to participate in the various charity events. While having 3 replica fields side-by-side has resulted in exponential growth in fundraising this growth has also created additional challenges to the site infrastructure. The community volunteers are the local heroes because they have worked feverishly on the Little Fenway facility over the years to ensure that the improvements made to the infrastructure supports more guests, more events, and more fun.
Little Fenway is a unique 1/4th scale replica of Boston’s Fenway Park in the backyard of Pat & Beth O’Connor’s house in Essex, Vermont. It was built in 2001 and is used exclusively for Wiffle ball games. Several major charity fund-raising tournaments are held at Little Fenway every year. To date, over $4 Million has been raised for various charities. Smiles, laughter, and warm memories are the name of the game at Little Fenway.
Little Wrigley is a unique 1/4th scale replica of Chicago’s Wrigley Field in the backyard of Pat & Beth O’Connor’s house in Essex, Vermont. It was built in 2007 (modeled after Little Fenway) to increase tournament capacity and is used exclusively for Wiffle ball games. Several major charity fund-raising tournaments are held at Little Wrigley every year. To date, over $1.2 Million has been raised for various charities. Smiles, laughter, and warm memories are the name of the game at Little Wrigley.
Little Field of Dreams, like its namesake in Dyersville, Iowa, features an outfield fence made out of rows of corn and a set of wooden bleachers along the first base line. It was built in 2014 and opened on August 12, 2014, when three local community leaders dressed in the 1919 Black Sox uniforms came out of the corn to the soundtrack from the 1988 movie Field of Dreams. The seats behind home plate rest on a wall made of marble thanks to the contributions of Mr. John Pelkey. Little Field of Dreams is situated adjacent to Little Wrigley and just 100 feet down over the hill from Little Fenway.