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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Making a difference on and off the field. Second Chance Fields believes that every student athlete should be able to play sports on safe, up to date and well maintained playing fields. This is more than a mission statement, it’s a PASSION! It is the foundation that our organization is built on and is the driving force behind all the effort, hard work and determination for change for sports in public school systems.

Results: Founded - October 2013 * "Back In The Game" - MBHS Pitcher's Mound Project - November 2013 * "Back In The Game" - MBHS Warning Track Project - June 2014 * "Field of Dreams" - DNHS Lacrosse Field Remodel - COMING SOON!

Target demographics: underfunded High Schools in the San Diego Unified School District

Direct beneficiaries per year: 120 students in 2013, 200 students in 2014, 600 students and community members in 2016.

Geographic areas served: San Diego

Programs: "Back in the Game" - fixing up a piece of a sports field at a time "Field of Dreams" - replacing/refurbishing a whole sports field "Education for Athletes" - educational support for student athletes

Community Stories

36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the best nonprofit I've ever volunteered for and I do A LOT of volunteering! Second Chance Fields volunteer event was an extremely fun atmosphere and the other volunteers were really cool, I actually made really cool friends at the event and they fed us REALLY good! Most nonprofits I volunteer at don't even feed you and if they do it's usually some crappy Pizza or some other cheap food... Not Second Chance Fields though! This is the second event that I've volunteered for with Second Chance Fields and both events I worked at they fed us Jersey Mike's Subs! Then, at the first event I volunteered at to fix Mission Bay High School's baseball field, they had a DJ spinning live music for us all day while we worked. Then this most recent event I worked at Del Norte High School they brought huge speakers out to the field and blasted music for us all weekend long! They even let me hook my phone up so I could play some of my playlists from Spotify while we worked!

Second Chance Fields is seriously the best organization I've ever volunteered for, It didn't even feel like work! I got to listen to awesome music, eat some of the best subs in all of San Diego and meet some awesome new people who are passionate just like me about sports and helping the community. I love volunteering for Second Chance Fields because when I do I really feel like I'm part of their cause and not just another body in a volunteer slave work force like with every other nonprofit I've volunteered at. With Second Chance Fields I feel like my suggestions are listened to and my opinions are taken seriously... I'm part of something important that is truly making a difference and my contribution is tangible, you can actually see what all your hard work did at the end of the day and that makes the hard weekend work totally worth it! I can't wait for their next event and I've even got a few of my friends excited about volunteering at the next event as well! So if you love your community and enjoy showing your support go to secondchancefields.org and click on their "contact us", that's how I got in contact with them after seeing their first project on the news with the SD Padres field maintenance Director. Thank you Second Chance Fields for allowing me to be a part of your cause!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was very impressed with how amazing the field looked and how professional the volunteer event was run and organized. This organization is doing amazing things for San Diego's public high school sports and I can't wait to be a part of the next project. It was also really cool to see the dodgers first baseman, Adrian Gonzalez, supporting this nonprofit as well. I donated a 100 dollars to the cause after seeing Adrian supporting this great cause! Go Second Chance Fields!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a parent of an athlete playing on Del Norte's lower field, I was upset and frustrated that the school would allow anyone to play on those horrible fields (dead grass, netting coming up from the ground that the kids were tripping on, heck, even I was tripping on it without cleats), something that a newer school shouldn't have to worry about. I know many parents in the past had been trying to get the field fixed, but it never seemed to go anywhere.

I was incredibly thankful when Second Chance Fields stepped in and offered to replace the field. I am impressed with the work that they did and I'm confident that this new field will last for years as long as it's properly taken care of! I no longer have nightmares of horrible injuries of my child playing on the lower fields!

Thank you Second Chance Fields for stepping up and helping Del Norte replace half of the lower sports fields! On behalf of all of the parents, and I'm sure the athletes as well, we are incredibly thankful!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Second Chance Fields on their Del Norte High School, "Field of Dreams" project and I was impressed by the machinery they had available, how well it was organized (including catered lunches by Jersey Mikes) and how smoothly everything ran. After talking with Josh on why he took on this project, I could tell that he was really passionate about helping these kids, being an active and positive role model for the community and his passion for sports in general. I think Second Chance Fields will continue to flourish on each project from here on out. Any school would be extremely lucky to work with this non-profit!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Josh is passionate about his projects and puts a lot time, effort and heart into it. Which produces amazing results!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Josh and his team did a fantastic job restoring a lower playing field for us here at Del Norte High School. When things went wrong on this project, which they inevitably do, Josh was present and persistent. Failure was not an option! And for that, I'm grateful. Our new lower playing field is beautiful!

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Donor

Rating: 5

It was great to work with Second chance fields on the Del Norte School we look forward in future projects

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Second Chance fields is a professional and friendly organization. I worked with Josh firsthand for over one year and found my experience with him exceptional. Second Chance Fields turned in unsafe and unplayable field into a true Field of Dreams... thank you second chance fields
Joe Csaszar
Del Norte High School

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Josh and Second Chance Fields really built our Del Norte High School students a field of dreams. Josh is excellent at bringing people together to donate their time and services to get a huge project like this done. He also is knowledgable about soil, sod, and seeds and what works and what doesn't. Also, his connection to pro athletes like Adrian Gonzalez was very beneficial both in getting funds and publicity.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Josh was able to do what our school & school district was not able to do - make (at least half) of the backfields of DNHS safer to use... his ability to put together this team of supporters and volunteers is what we need to support sports in our schools. Looking forward to finishing this project in the future!! Thank you Josh & Second Chance Fields! and the Adrian Gonzalez Foundation for their support too!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Second Chance Field's, Josh Pratchard, has proven what vision and tenacity can do. I have personally seen the obstacles Josh had faced to gvve the kids an amazing and safe place to play. Despite mulriple setbacks, he made things happen. Great job to Job and Second Chance Fields

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Josh worked tirelessly to help renovate our field. We could have done it without him or Second Chance Fields.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Second Chance Fields gives others hope. This non-profit is greater than just grass and dirt- it gives a gift to the next generation that gives them a chance to make a difference in life themselves. Josh's vision is to change lives through his passion for sports and specifically baseball. Second Chance Fields is simply a platform to encourage others to a life of positive change in the world. I have been blessed with the opportunity to volunteer with this organization and was very impressed by the skills of Josh as the manager of the project as well as his heart and passion to see people grow. He is an excellent leader and great visionary. I have no doubt this non-profit will change many lives. With a heart and passion like Josh's, anything is possible with this non-profit.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Really neat non-profit. The owner is passionate about baseball, youth, and giving them the best opportunity possible. With school budget cuts affecting school's sporting facilities, this non-profit is a refreshing answer to that problem- by fixing up baseball fields, making them safer for student athletes to play on, and more beautiful to look at. Thanks Second Chance Fields for helping provide fields our students and community can be proud of!

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a youth, I played baseball on many fields that had very poor conditions. I am proud to be able to make a difference for youths today through my contributions supporting this program. I am thankful to ESPN Radio for supporting Second Chance Fields in spreading their mission statement.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was a lot of fun to volunteer with second chance field at the high school and help the students get a new field.



-Raymond W

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I hope this review sticks this time. When I was young I played ball in HS. I used to my lose my footing and roll my ankles a lot because the fields were junk. Gofer holes, weeds the size of tree's uprooted, rain puddles that could house koi fish. When my team played on other schools fields that were kept up, we always played better than we played at home. There is something about playing on a field that is taken care of that makes one give their all. When Josh shared his passion to give back to the community, I was truly blessed. Too bad my generation didn't have someone like Josh to do that for us. I hope and pray that this vision of Josh's spreads like wildfire because there is something special about a nice field that brings out the best in ballers that electrifies the game.

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Donor

Rating: 5

One deserves a second chance in life. One can become run down by the circumstances life throws one's way, but giving up does not lead us into success. It is staying the course, and breathing life into a lifeless situation that makes a second chance successful. That is what this organization does.

Second Chance Fields is an organization that encourages the "second chance" that we all deserve in life. One of the true marks of a person of high character is not what they do for themselves, but what they do for others. Second Chance Fields is about giving back to a community. It is not an organization that looks to see what it can get out of a situation, but looks to see what it can give to the people within a community. It is about setting kids up for success. It is about taking something that others see as past it's time, worn out, and worthless, and turning it into something that is relevant, given new life and adds value to the community.

I am excited to see more work done by this great organization that is run by even better people!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am an umpire for High School baseball and I can tell you from first hand knowledge that there are many fields in San Diego county that could use the services of Second Chance Fields. The Mission Bay project was truly amazing, the finished product was far safer and gave the boys the opportunity to play baseball at a high level. Josh has big vision and is a gifted project manager. I would love to see them give upgrades to the many fields that I get to work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I personally have worked with Second Chance Fields(SCF) and have to say they are very professional. We replaced the warning track and installed new foul poles for Mission Bay High School. About 40 volunteers came to help with the project and free SCF t-shirts were given to everyone. Not only did volunteers come but Jersey Mike's provided food for everyone. Josh Pratchard was nothing but professional and wasn't afraid to get his hands dirty. The improvements to the field were up to MLB standards. Second Chance Fields is awesome!