‘Field of Dreams’ Featured on Channel 5 News

March 17, 2010

baseball teamThe baseball team at Manassas High School began play on a “field of dreams” this week.  Teamwork between some caring FedEx pilots, a motorcycle club and two Memphis churches resulted in a home run for Manassas High baseball players.  Read more or view the Channel 5 video.

Field of Dreams: Manassas Baseball Field

March 17, 2010

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) – The baseball team at Manassas High School began play on a “field of dreams” this week.

Teamwork between some caring FedEx pilots, a motorcycle club and two Memphis churches resulted in a home run for Manassas High baseball players.

“It was a great idea to be able to give something back and to give these kids a home field to play on,” said FedEx pilot Lamar Washington.

Until Monday, Manassas had no home field advantage because it had no home field.

“We played all road games,” said Manassas baseball coach Dennis Paden.  “We didn’t even have a facility to practice.”

The field began to take shape when FedEx pilot Eric Lampelay’s wife began clearing rocks from a field with Oasis of Hope, a ministry of Hope Presbyterian.

Lampelay told co-pilot Washington, who brought his motorcycle club to help rake up the rocks.

“There’s a lot of interest and guys are always looking for an opportunity to do something good in the community,” Washington said.

Volunteers from Hope Presbyterian and Bellevue Baptist Church graded the fields.  They donated sod and clay for the infield and pitcher’s mound.

On opening day, Lampelay threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

At long last, the Tigers of Manassas took their home field against the Pharaohs of Raleigh-Egypt.

“It’s just a blessing that we finally got a field,” said Montrail Brown, Manassas baseball player.  “It’s going to draw a crowd, and more people are going to play.”

Paden said the field was a blessing for all involved.

“It’s blessed the people who’ve built the field as much as the kids on the receiving end,” Paden said.  “It really has been something magical.”

The Manassas Tigers won their first game on their home field in the bottom of the 7th inning.

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Oasis Takes the Sting Out of Filing Taxes

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tax signFive years ago Oasis of Hope began offering Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) to the residents in the Oasis neighborhood.  The site, located at the Bickford Community Center helps individuals and families file their income taxes for FREE. Statistics have shown that more than 60% of Memphis residents do not take advantage of the earned income tax credits available to them, and many residents have been tricked into paying huge fees to have their taxes filed.  Therefore, we began seeking to address these injustices and provide help in this important area where families live.  Read more>>

Play Ball!! Join Us In Cheering On the Manassas Baseball Team!

March 01, 2010

baseball 
catcherOasis of Hope has a new partnership with Manassas High School to invest more in the lives of our students there.  Much like our partnership with ManRise and the Football Team, we are coming alongside the baseball program at the school to help the players develop the necessary skills to compete, in baseball and in life.  If you like the game…this opportunity is for you!  Click here to view a slideshow from Spring Training. We need fans, volunteers, coaches and sponsors to make this dream a reality by coming to games or practices and getting to know and support the players.  Read on to find out how YOU can get involved or to view their Game Schedule!