"If you build it, they will come" may have worked for Kevin Costner, but most of us need more than a creepy voiceover in order to achieve our dreams. Thankfully, San Francisco has a bevy of terrific nonprofits whose goal is to help make those very dreams come true. One such organization is Juma Ventures, whose annual event, Field of Dreams, aims to put an end to poverty by getting underprivileged kids to and through college.
Now in its eighth year, Field of Dreams offers a behind-the-scenes look (and touch) of our beloved S.F. Giants' stadium. Event-goers have a chance to tour the dugouts and locker rooms, practice their curve ball, run the bases, and get feedback on their swing by professional coaches.
For those who prefer their fundraisers to be more akin to bench-warming, there's also plenty of sit-down activities, like food and drinks, balloons, face-painting, and photo ops with mascot Lou Seal. Since 1993, Juma Ventures has helped over 3,000 low-income kids earn their diplomas and achieve their higher education dreams. If that's not rooting for the home team, we don't know what is.
Field of Dreams starts Saturday, Sept. 29 at 11 a.m. at AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza (at Third St.), S.F. (Tax-deductible) admission is $75-$500.
Watch these brief, inspiring videos of kids Juma Ventures has helped.