I have chosen a path in education and coaching because of the environment created by TLF Field and the experiences it provided me. TLF Field was the part of town where I felt like people cared about me. I felt safe. I felt as if anything was possible and there were people willing to help me reach my dreams. There was a community of people that regardless of background, age, appearance, people would gather and take pride in being linked to one another. This part of our community is far more than just a building and field. It is a symbol of resilience, a symbol that shows that we care about the future of our young people, and a symbol of how we as a community take care of one another and value the purpose of gathering places. Without the grandstand, community, and environment it enabled, none of this would have been possible. I will be forever grateful. This isn't something we need to do for us or just for those that play baseball, this is for the young boy or girl riding their bike through town 20 years from now feeling safe and knowing that no matter what obstacles we face, Waseca is a place that shows what they value through genuine action and a community where they can one day raise a family of their own.