2015 Spring Kick-Off Breakfast - April 11 7:30 am - MHS Cafeteri
TONKA PARENTS GIVE BACK IN LEADERSHIP, TIME AND MONEY TO BRING THE FAMILIES OF MINNETONKA THE FINEST FACILITIES AND BEST EXPERIENCE IN BASEBALL, SOFTBALL AND FOOTBALL.
THE NEED in 2003
There were not enough quality fields to support the growing demand for baseball, softball and football at all ages beginning with the youngest children of our community playing their sport of choice for the first time to our students in high school participating at the high school level.
THE PARENTS DESIRE
A group of parents had the desire to give back to a school district and community that has been so good to them. Hence, the Minnetonka Diamond Club was created.
THE MINNETONKA DIAMOND CLUB MISSION
Build top quality fields to meet the growing needs of Minnetonka sports. Those fields are now known as Veterans Field for boy’s baseball and youth football and Legacy Fields for girls’ softball.
The cost of the fields was $4,400,000 to be paid with no taxpayer money and no cost to the district.
THE PROGRESS: $3,125,000 of the $4,441,000 has been paid to date from supportive parents, volunteers and businesses in the local area. We graciously thank those who have supported the community so generously.
Remaining Balance as of December 31, 2014 - $1,315,767.33
WHERE ARE WE TODAY? IN BASEBALL TERMS WE ARE ROUNDING 3RD AND HEADING HOME.
HOW YOU CAN HELP!
ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES: We offer advertising opportunities for businesses of all sizes. Our advertisers receive positive exposure in the Minnetonka community and benefit from being associated with the success that encompasses Minnetonka Athletics. To learn more about the opportunities, contact Mark Williams at
or by phone at 952-470-2282.
YOUR INDIVIDUAL PLEDGES: Individual pledges can be small or large. We still have donors from 2005 who continue to donate to pay for the fields and achieve the long term success of baseball, softball and football. Donations forms will be at your table at the Kickoff Breakfast or can be found on the Minnetonka Diamond Club website.
YOUR TIME! This initiative is not possible without the generous donation of time to keep all the fundraising efforts growing and going. Contact Brian Tichy at 612-916-2300.
Every year 3,000 students and coaches enjoy playing on Veterans Field and Legacy Fields in front of family and friends. Those fields accommodate baseball and softball from March to August. In August the fields get restriped to accommodate youth football from Mid-August through November.
The Minnetonka Diamond Club relies on partnerships with all of the leagues, organizations, local businesses and members of the community. Due to the past commitments of all of these groups and your continued support, we will have this complex paid for in 5 years.
IN APPRECIATION WE WANT TO THANK THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND CONTRIBUTIONS.
Welcome to the 2015 season! We are looking forward to fun and excitement on the diamonds. This is our busiest time with forming teams, finding coaches, distributing equipment, getting uniforms and scheduling pictures, getting practice fields, developing the game schedule, making concession assignments and making it all fit together. Please be patient as everyone gets up to speed in their respective areas.
Here's some important information:
All Softball Parents and Players: Please put Saturday April 11 from 7:30 am to 9:00 am at the Minnetonka High School on your calendar for the Annual Spring Breakfast, in support of Legacy and Veterans fields. Join the Minnetonka Softball and Baseball teams and youth softball and baseball families for a fun kickoff to the season.
You may not know that Legacy Field (our softball fields at Minnetonka High School) and Veterans Field (the baseball stadium) were built with private contributions and field rent and are NOT yet paid off. MGSA is a member of the Minnetonka Diamond Club which holds fundraisers year round in support of these softball and baseball fields.
The Minnetonka School District and the communities of Minnetonka, Shorewood and Chanhassen provide practice fields for our girls. Please avoid practicing on fields that are recovering from the winter and have not yet started the growing phase. Even a small amount of turf damage at this point can take longer than normal to get the field back into shape. We have permits to use these fields starting on Monday April 6, weather permitting.
We use our website at www.tonkasoftball.org heavily for communications. You should have received an email introduction from your coach. If not, please email Registration Director Kelly Wischmeier and she can connect you with your coach (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Picture day is Saturday April 25 at MME. More information on your team's scheduled time will be coming soon.
MGSA Day at the MHS Skipper Softball game is Friday May 8. Come see the Minnetonka High School Fastpitch Team host conference foe Hopkins at Legacy Field. The game starts at 4:15 pm. Come cheer on the Skippers! Following the game, Varsity Head Coach Mary Beth Wiig will speak to youth softball players in attendance and they will enjoy pizza courtesy of MGSA.