Nearly three months ago now, we asked theCHIVERS to help us build a special baseball diamond for a little boy battling brain cancer named DJ and some of his friends. The goal was set at $50,000.
As the tradition goes, the goal was quickly disregarded and destroyed. Instead, theCHIVE community raised $150,000 in hours flat for CTX Ability Sports‘ all-inclusive field for kids with special needs. Oh, and we got to fulfill our dream of writing a giant check when Chive Charities made their largest donation ever, $200,000. With a total of $350,000, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation began construction of the field in Hutto, TX.
When last we saw DJ, he was having a rough go of it. After three times beating brain cancer by age of 4, DJ had an allergic reaction to his medication. We took him out to play some ball anyway. The kid never stops grinning.
These days, things are looking up for DJ. The Dallas Cowboys recently treated him and all the CTX Ability Sports kids to a game. DJ’s mom happily reports, “DJ seems to be getting more and more energy back. He’s been running around and acting a lot sillier.” We figured that would be the case. Anyone who meets DJ knows the kid doesn’t quit.
A big thanks to all the Dallas Cowboy Chivers!
And now, the Field of Dreams comes to life…
The size and scope of this project is immense. We are thrilled to announce that KCCO Ability Field is nearing completion. The field has been leveled. A basketball court has been installed – remember, this is for all sports, not just baseball. There’s a playground and ADA walkways. It’s coming together fast!
We want to invite you and your kids to the Opening Ceremony of KCCO Ability Field! The entire Chive crew will be there with the CTX Ability Sports kids. (Mac has even been invited). We can’t wait to show everyone the completion of the field where, at last, kids with special needs across Central Texas can safely play all sports!
Opening Ceremony of KCCO Ability Field
747 CR 138
Hutto, TX 78634
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Ceremony Begins at 9:30 AM
We’re looking forward to seeing you. Families welcome.