HAMPTON - Members of the Norfolk Tides are taking two days to renovate a ballfield in Hampton so youngsters can play ball.
Phoebus Little League won the 2013 Field Renovation Contest and work began Wednesday. Members of the Tides front office staff, including head groundskeeper Kenny Magner, will take part in the field makeover, which will include an upgrade to the playing surface and an improvement to existing dugouts.
Tides General Manager Joe Gregory said, "This is a chance for us to make a difference in the community, and we are eager to do our part in giving some very deserving children a wonderful place to play baseball."
The Tides helped to renovate three fields in 2012 - Ocean View Little League in Norfolk, Smithfield Recreation Association in Smithfield and Bennett's Creek Little League in Suffolk.
The project is possible because of the Youth Baseball Fund, a program established by the Tides in 1990 as a way to raise money for youth baseball and softball programs in Hampton Roads. In addition to assisting with field renovations, the Youth Baseball Fund also helps local teams and leagues with travel expenses.