"BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME"
By Mark Garner, Former PCGSL Vice President
There was a dream to create a softball league for all the girls of Pitt County which became a reality in 1993. A much needed project began to be discussed by the Board during the fall of 1994 to build a softball complex. The rapidly increasing size of the league was creating pressure for available playing fields.
The size of the league and the need for additional playing fields generated a need to formalize the organization of the operating entity for girls softball in Pitt County. Over the autumn and winter of 1994 and 1995, Pitt County Girls Softball League, Inc. (PCGSL) was chartered with the North Carolina Secretary of State. During 1995, several projects were initiated by the players to begin raising funds to facilitate implementation of our own "Field of Dreams."
In 1996, PCGSL obtained its nonprofit tax exempt status from the Federal IRS and a stellar response was received to the first capital campaign efforts for the "Field of Dreams." The League dedicated its new softball complex in the memory of one of its 1994 State Champion all-star team members who died in the spring of 1995 after contracting meningococcal meningitis. In May of 1998, the SARA A. LAW MEMORIAL SOFTBALL COMPLEX became a long-awaited reality for a host of folks, including players, parents, and other volunteers who worked diligently at the Complex to help make it ready for play. Efforts were coordinated by committee co-chairman Mark Garner.
Because of this program, softball in Pitt County has forever changed, and girls from 8-18 years of age from across Pitt County and beyond come to participate. What once was a passive summer recreational activity for girls is now a passion for many. Perhaps the most positive benefit received by all is the smile that is derived from watching hundreds of young people from all parts of Pitt County and from every school, public or private, begin friendships that last through the years.
The Pitt County Girls Softball League has earned a good reputation throughout North Carolina and the southeastern United States. This reputation is not only concerning the All-Star teams that go onto the field of Babe Ruth fastpitch softball competition, but more importantly about the overall effort that goes into providing a quality program of participation for any girl that desires to participate.
The ballpark is the place to be, so grab your lawn chair, and come to the Sara A. Law Memorial Softball Complex and experience the excitement of girls softball. Explore what girls and their families from across eastern North Carolina have already discovered right here in Pitt County. Come early to get the better spot for your chair!