DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - One man's dream to make the neighborhood he protects and serves a better place, came to fruition Tuesday night.
Two months after his idea took root, it is a great example of what's working in Dayton.
For two years, a baseball diamond sat empty and idle, a diamond in the rough.
A field on Elsmere Avenue has never been used for one simple reason.
"Equipment for the kids is costly. It is a lower income neighborhood where parents have to choose food or playing sports," said Dayton police officer Matt Heiser.
2 NEWS helped Officer Heiser get the word out and the community responded with generous donations of the equipment the kids need.
Heiser and his fellow officers got the field back in game shape and it was finally time to play ball.
They played the first game as part of the National Night Out Against Crime initiative.
The only thing these kids and cops were worried about was not making an out. The kids are grateful that Officer Matt stepped up to the plate.
One ball player said, "He did a little fundraiser for us to get bats and gloves and stuff so we can be out in the field, so its not collecting more grass."
"We started with about 2-3 kids and when the other kids saw what we were doing we had about 20 kids here playing at one time."
In a sport being dominated right now by performance enhancing drugs, it is a refreshing change: a police enhanced diamond that's helping to break down barriers.
"Because now the kids won't be afraid to come talk to us when they see us in the neighborhoods."
And it's also helping some of the younger kids to finally get in the game.
"Its good because the older guys they be on the basketball court and there wouldn't be room for the littler guys.
The plan now is to do more work on the field and put together an organized team that will play league games on that diamond next summer.
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