Children's Hope Alliance (Baseball) Field of Dreams

The ML-3 Charlotte Legacy Committee is a group of 22 individuals that are committed to creating a world that is compassionate, empowered and loving.  Leaving behind a legacy that will be a part of our community for years to come is the catalysis for this project.  We’ve chosen to partner with Children’s Hope Alliance (CHA) (former Barium Springs Orphanage) & build a baseball field for the children waiting to be adopted, as well as those currently in foster care.  This project will be completed by February 28th, 2016.

Through the platform of baseball, we hope to further CHA’s mission of empowering youth by providing them a space where they can learn, love and thrive through practicing the sport of baseball.  By building a baseball field, a Field of Dreams, we will enable children in the area to build confidence, camaraderie and compassion for themselves and their peers.

The legacy that is left behind in the Barium Springs community will, for many years, provide kids with a sport in which they can participate, learn team building skills, get exercise, and create connection.  They legacy also includes ongoing funding for specific needs, such as field maintenance, uniforms, equipment and volunteer-led clinics. 

With the anniversary, 125 YEARS, of the Barium Springs Orphanage (now CHA) in 2016, there are hundreds of people who come to celebrate the first home & for some, the only home they’ve ever known.  This field provides another milestone for them to celebrate & come together.

Children’s Hope Alliance is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that provides services to almost 3,500 children, families and individuals.

The NC Department of Health and Human Services reports that over 200,000 children needed the services that CHA provides, and only half of those children received help.  The goal of the Children’s Hope Alliance is to work toward closing this gap so that all children and families in North Carolina will receive the help they need.

Children’s Hope Alliance provides an array of services for children, families and individuals throughout North Carolina. Their three main objectives are to:

  • Provide “A Safe Home” through group homes, therapeutic foster care and adoption programs.
  • “Heal the Hurt” for individuals that are troubled, abused or neglected.
  • Encourage “A Healthy Start” through educational, prevention and developmental programs.

For more information on this project or on either of these organizations, please email Dana Napierkowski at fieldofdreamscha@gmail.com.