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Along with providing clients with award-winning 3PL logistics services, The Grimes Companies also enjoy donating time and resources to philanthropic organizations around the Jacksonville, Florida community. In August 2016, the logistics company donated another brand new 50cc scooter to Field of Dreams, a non-profit organization giving children with disabilities the unique opportunity to participate in sports.

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Children playing baseball with Field of Dreams, a Jacksonville non-profit organization

Play Ball! The Field of Dreams Jacksonville Non-Profit Youth Organization

The non-profit youth organization Field of Dreams operates on a simple premise: playing baseball helps build the skills all children need to be happy and successful. The sport is a great way for special needs children to learn teamwork, be active and most of all enjoy the fun of the game.

“Field of Dreams offers kids who never thought they would play a game of baseball the chance to participate in America’s favorite game,” said Ron Shamlaty, a board member of the Jacksonville non-profit organization.

Field of Dreams: Special Needs Children Play Baseball in Jacksonville

So how does it work? To help facilitate the games, each player is assigned a buddy—usually a member of the baseball team from a nearby school—that assists the child with batting, catching the ball and running the bases. Uniforms, equipment and even concessions are provided free of charge.

A New Special Needs Baseball Field in Jacksonville, FL?

To accommodate players with wheelchairs and walkers, games are played on a specially designed baseball field covered in artificial turf. One of only two special needs baseball fields located in the Jacksonville area, the baseball field in St. John’s County is in poor condition and in need of replacement. To cover the costs of installing the new field, the organization is hosting a variety of fundraising events, including a raffle of the blue scooter donated by The Grimes Companies.

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Grimes President Neil Porter donating the scooter to Ron Shamlaty, a board member of Field of Dreams

Scooter Donation from The Grimes Companies

Shamlaty hopes that the donated scooter will raise upwards of $2,000 to be used for the new baseball field. “I love seeing kids salute the American flag, sing the national anthem and play ball,” said Shamlaty. “We at the Field of Dreams organization sincerely thank The Grimes Companies for their donation. The dollars raised will make a special experience for another special needs child.”

The Grimes Companies have previously donated scooters to the Jacksonville Zoo, the Jacksonville Sharks and the Nassau County Police Department.

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