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Lydia Patterson Institute's Field of Dreams

Help Sam and help Lydia Patterson Institute build their Field of Dreams!

Sam Schwartz, a 13 year-old baseball player from El Paso, Texas decided that 100 years is long enough for kids not to have a grass field to play on at Lydia Patterson Institute in South El Paso. His goal is to raise funds that will go directly towards building a multi-purpose field for Lydia Patterson Institute and the children of Segundo Barrio, the third poorest zip code in the United States.

Established over 100 years ago, Lydia Patterson Institute, only minutes from the U.S-Mexico border has been dedicated to building bridges between two countries, two cities, and two cultures. As the only United Methodist institution on the border, LPI is committed to forming bilingual and bicultural leaders for the church and the region. Excellence and outstanding achievement has been the trademark of LPI students. Graduation rates of students exceed 95% of those entering as freshmen and over 98% of the graduates continue their education at colleges across the United States. The graduation class of 2010, for example, earned 2.1 million dollars in competitive college scholarships.

This project is important to Sam because he wants to give back to the school that helped his grandmother get an education and achieve the first college degree in her family. Sports are a way to create strong leaders and help with well being and self esteem.

The initial funds raised for this project will go directly toward the installation of sprinklers, sod, and basic equipment for soccer and baseball, two sports important to keeping the students competitive nationally.

Everything we raise will go directly towards these items and every dollar counts.

The impact this field will have goes beyond Lydia Patterson and Sam Schwartz. This Field of Dreams will be a beacon of hope and pride in a resilient neighborhood and will help to heal this world.

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