Grit Clothing Offers Local Youth the Opportunity to Play at the ‘Field of Dreams’ Film Site | Business
Christine Bryant Times Correspondent
Chicago-area Little Leaguers will have a once-in-a-lifetime experience playing in a baseball game at the “Field of Dreams” movie site in Dyersville, Iowa.
Southland-based Grit Clothing Co. has pledged to cover the cost of the event for 30 young Chicagoland baseball players, including field rental, uniforms and equipment.
“Our brand’s mission has always been to give back to where we grew up,” Joe Wodark, co-founder of Grit Clothing Co., said in a statement. “We’re big baseball fans too, so we thought combining our mission with our love for baseball would create a great experience for everyone involved.”
The first City Kid Classic game is scheduled for May 26 for children ages 7-9 invited to play. To put the two teams together, Grit Clothing Company invited its social media followers to nominate Chicagoland players through February 4.
Wodark reports that the company has received video nominations for players representing all corners of Chicago, including some notable baseball programs in the city of Clear-Ridge, Jackie Robinson West, Canaryville Little League and West Englewood.
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The goal is to provide youth with an experience that celebrates baseball heritage and creates memories for attendees, co-founder Mike Vaickus said in a press release.
“We want to produce a truly memorable and authentic experience for these kids, so we’re focusing on details like using vintage uniforms, wooden bats, and selling hot dogs for a penny during the game,” did he declare.
To produce the event, Grit enlisted the help of other Chicago-based organizations.
“For example, Joey’s Red Hots in Morgan Park donates hot dogs for the game and Marcus Nettles, two-time NCAA baseball national champion, fellow South Sider and founder of the Marcus Nettles Project, coaches one of our teams. .” according to Grit.
Prior to the game, Grit Clothing will relaunch its “City Kid” clothing line, one of the company’s most popular designs.
“People often ask why we, a Chicago clothing brand, produce a Little League baseball game in the middle of Iowa, and our answer is surprisingly simple,” Vaickus said. “Because giving city kids the chance to experience something new would be cool and very special.”
Founded in 2018, Grit Clothing is a Chicago-based brand that creates clothing inspired by the experiences of the co-founders growing up in Chicago. The company donates a portion of its profits to Chicago-based charities.
Visit gritclothingco.com/pages/city-kid-classic-baseball-game for more information.