Things will look a little different at Tiger Field this baseball season. When the district decided to make upgrades to Tiger Field, community members, Bronson Fuller and Brett Freeman offered their talents and resources to make the upgrades bigger and better.
After traveling with the team last season and seeing some of the competition’s facilities, the two Floresville High School alums approached Head Baseball Coach, Ricardo Salazar, and Athletic Director, Andrew Rohrs offering to donate labor, supplies, their time and their talent to enhance the Tiger dugout upgrades the district had planned.
When asked why they wanted to help with the project, they both expressed a desire to give back to the community that gave so much to them.
“I want to give back to the community I grew up in, and I’m blessed to be able to do it with my company,” said Fuller.
Freeman added, “When you have the resources, you should use them for good.”
Rohrs says the district’s emphasis on building relationships with the community helped make the project happen. “When you reach out, get to know your community and build those relationships, it leads to great things happening for kids,” he explained.
The project started in October with the rendering of the new dugouts and has quickly progressed. The new dugouts will be game ready in February.
“It really takes a village to make something like this happen so quickly,” said Freeman.
He praised Coach Salazar for getting the baseball players involved in the project, instilling a sense of pride in their facilities.
To Freeman, it is more than just having a new, cool-looking dugout, “What we really want to do is change the culture of Floresville Baseball,” he explained.
While Rohrs is thrilled with the new look of the facilities, what he is most excited about is the kind of example these men provide for student-athletes.
Rohrs said, “These men modeled what giving back to your community looks like. I’ve told the boys, ‘put this away and keep it with you to inspire you to give back when you can.’”