Spacious and picturesque John L. Harvey Field, nestled at the base of the Eastern Sierra, has provided a lot more than baseball entertainment to the community since being constructed in 2006.
The Western Nevada College baseball field has hosted Easter egg scrambles, a Youth Soccer Day, an Assembly-Senate softball game, club soccer games, lacrosse practices and student life activities such as Bumper Ball.
Now, the field will provide a place for local children ages 9 to 13 to develop their skills and learn fundamentals through the Cap City Baseball program. Established in 2019, Cap City Baseball is a non-profit that provides an affordable means for families to encourage their young athletes to develop and learn to compete.
“This partnership means a lot to us, and we can’t thank the administration at WNC enough for the opportunity to partner together,” said Steve Handelin, a coach and representative for Cap City Baseball.
The facility will provide youths in Cap City Baseball with a consistent venue to practice.
“Although most people think of us as the ‘traditional’ educational facility, we really are so much more. We have many programs and offerings designed for the betterment of our community, as well as personal and professional development,” said Vice President of Student Success and Support Services Jeff Downs. “We greatly value being a part of the community and are thrilled to be able to see the facilities in use for baseball again.”
WNC’s ballpark was named after Reverend John L. Harvey, the grandfather of former WNC baseball coach D.J. Whittemore, whose parents, Harvey and Annette, gifted the college $1 million for construction of the field. The Nevada System of Higher Education approved the naming of the field in 2005.
Cap City Baseball is seeking support for the program, which operates entirely with the help of volunteers, sponsorships and donations. To learn more about how you can help, contact email@example.com or visit the capcitynv.com website.