The recreational field in Ventnor reopened after being under three feet of flood water during Hurricane Sandy. The rebuild was possible thanks to a generous donation from football star Ron Jaworski, a former Philadelphia Eagle.
When Hurricane Sandy destroyed the Titus Field Recreation Complex, home to the Ventnor Pirates, these kids lost all hope of having home field advantage.
Flood water ruined batting cages, the field house, athletic equipment, and the refreshment stand. But thanks to former Philadelphia Eagle, Ron Jaworski, who stepped up to the plate to donate, these kids now have a chance to score.
"It's about the 120 young men playing football. Its about the 100 young ladies who are cheerleaders for these teams. Its about the 220 people who this makes a profound impact on their lives," said Jaworski.
The Jaws Youth Playbook Foundation, along with other local charities came together to donate $30,000 to help rebuild the field.
Andrew Fricke says new equipment is going to help him achieve his goal of one day playing with the pros. He says he will be at the field every Sunday. "Me and my Dad are practicing grounders, high pops, hitting and stuff."
But there was a greater goal in mind than just providing a place to play ball. Jaworski wanted to provide a safe haven for the children of Ventnor, Margate, Longport and West Atlantic City who have no where else to go.
Part of the donations to help rebuild the field were also provided by the Atlantic County Long Term Recovery Group and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.
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