Letters From Leton: It’s Going, Going, Gone.. It’s a Home Run!!

Dinger. Tater. Bomb. Moon Shot. Round Tripper. All of these terms are baseball slang for a home run –  the crowd rising (well, if we had crowds now) event.

As we enter September (the “home stretch,” in more baseball lingo) and teams vie for the playoffs, home runs become even more valuable –  more crowd pleasing.

This past week I visited a baseball field; however, it was just a little different than most.

The field is the new Miracle Field in Kingsport, designed to support and promote the involvement of special needs children in the national pastime – baseball.

But there is more. In addition to the field, there is also a specially designed playground for kids – an extra step beyond what has happened at the limited number of Miracle Fields around the U.S.  

And there are plans for a soccer field and a zip-line.  

Through the vision of Jud Teague with Visit Kingsport and the support of many, many businesses (including PVB), individuals and social and civic groups (including our own Ted Fields Rotary Club), a venue for our region’s special kids was developed. The entire effort has been a Home Run!

As I stood looking at the field and the playground, I was reminded of the phrase, “The Kingdom of Heaven is spread out on the earth, and men do not see it.”

Here before me in the quiet of a hot summer day was the cumulative efforts of many to express care, concern, and love for all in their community, including folks they will likely never meet. A place that will be heaven to the kids who will take advantage of a gift for them.

In life we are given many opportunities to participate in hitting “home runs.”  

Look around this week in your work, community, church, and family life to see those opportunities to get in the batter’s box, take a few swings and see the positive value of your efforts.

Batter up!!

Stay safe.

– Leton

“Letters From Leton” is a blog series comprised of the weekly updates that Leton Harding – President, Chairman, and CEO of Powell Valley National Bank, shares with the Bank’s team members. These newsletters are full of uplifting anecdotes and intriguing insights that are applicable beyond the Bank, so we want to share them with you.