"Manicured, the grass is not. The outfield isn't fenced, and the infield dirt is neither lined nor raked.
The patchy, scarred, multi-colored outdoor space is devoid of any diamond shape.
Yet it is a field of dreams.
Kids bike, ride buses and even walk to Battle Creek Middle School to participate in a free summer baseball camp. Everything is provided: snacks, water, lunch, balls, bats and gloves, and even a hat, which they get to keep.
The kids need the help; most of them attend or just finished at Battle Creek Middle School in St. Paul, Minnesota, where 82.1 percent of all students receive free or reduced lunch. On the first
day of the baseball camp, one of the volunteer coaches asked how many of them had eaten breakfast.