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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion, Secondary & High Schools, Sports, Sports Associations & Training Facilities, 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 - Sept 2016 "Back In The Game" - SDHS - COMING SOON (Nov 2017)

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

46 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you Josh for your vision for these fields! Without you and your ability to rally the "troops," gather the supplies and lead the way, our kids would still be playing sports on dangerous ground. Thank you to all who volunteered and gave generously to make this vision a reality. Under Josh's excellent leadership you are the "boots on the ground" that carry out the mission. Words cannot express how much this means to us. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I Have been involved in a great number of volunteer projects and non-profit organizations over the years and have given countless hours of service. Second Chance fields rates at the the top not only for the kind of work that they do and the benefits which filter down to our leaders of the future, but also for the way in which the organization operates. Josh Pratchard demonstrates a high level of competence and has put together an organization that runs seamlessly from top to bottom. Keep up the great work that you do!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Josh is a visionary. He sees a need, a sports field in desperate condition, and he focuses his energy on bringing the right elements and people together to accomplish that project. Josh is optimistic. A sports field might have gopher holes, large ruts, hard clay soil, and green sod netting mixed in the hard ground throughout the field, and it could look hopeless, but Josh sees possibilities, and he spreads his vision an encouragement to others and gets them excited about what WILL happen.

Once Josh has a project he is relentless working with volunteers, equipment companies, and possible in-kind donations. Josh's intelligence and charisma work for him when negotiating help for the project. He is kind and understanding towards his volunteers. His knowledge about replacing a sports field is remarkable, and his command over a project is impressive. I have worked with Josh on several projects and have found first hand what kind of work ethics Josh employs and have seen his visionary and leadership skills in operation.

Josh does not just "talk a good talk," he follows through on every promise. He is a man of his word. Second Chance Fields is hope for the future of all high school sports. There is no question that Second Chance Fields is an outstanding non-profit that under Josh's leadership should keep rising to be the most effective non-profit in all of San Diego County.

Daniza Oviedo M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I work at an inner city school in San Diego and our softball field has needed attention for quite some time. Second Chance Fields is currently working with us to upgrade our dugouts, install a warning track, upgrade fencing, along with a few other upgrades. Josh has taken this project on as his own. He has coordinated with our district (not an easy task), worked and met with donors to answer all questions, is coordinating all in-kind donations and volunteers, and is working non-stop to secure more donors on his end. Our school would never have taken on a project of this magnitude and been able to get it completed with out the assistance of Second Chance Fields. We thank them wholeheartedly for their help and support.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have two children who are very involved in sports. My son plays Lacrosse on a team that uses the field at Del Norte High School. Prior to Second Chance Fields replacing the lower sports field, the fields were dangerous, very dangerous, extremely dangerous. My son's cleats would get caught on the mesh almost every practice. One of his friends was injured pretty badly due to the mesh, holes and uneven ground. I thought about pulling my son out of his most loved sport to protect him from a potential injury or even move him to another team, but he refused since all of his friends play on his team and pulling him out completely when his goal is to get a college scholarship to play Lacrosse seemed counterproductive. I was irritated and frustrated that a newer school, especially in an expensive area would have such horrible fields, and in all honesty, the school didn't seem to care.

I am thankful that Second Chance Fields stepped in. I am not sure why they chose Del Norte out of all of the schools that need their help, but I am glad that they did. Now I can rest easy knowing that my son won't be getting injured from the field. My son has told me many times how much he loves the new field - amazing job Second Chance Fields and thank you once again!

Donor

Rating: 5

I am so impressed at how Second Chance Fields is able to make these dead fields come back to life again! And he is doing it the right way. Josh is very knowledgeable and experienced. I've followed him every step of the way at one of the project, and all I can say is "wow!" . It's good to know that someone out there is making a difference in the schools.

Christos G.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Second Chance Fields is a top notch non-profit. They do great work in the community and are making our sports fields safer for kids every day. With schools spending less and less on sports and the arts, Second Chance Fields is bridging the gap.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to work with josh and his second chance family preparing a field to have sod layer for the El Norte school. The field was in bad shape and it was amazing what was accomplished by the team of volunteers which included friends family and some good hearted Marines. After a long day of grating the field and pulling out plastic mesh by hand which could potentially get caught up in the cleats of kids playing sports on the field. Most of the group parted around sunset. Josh stayed late ensuring that everything was level and no potentially dangerous items were left on the field so there would be no hang ups for the following day. That passion to ensuring a job worth doing is worth doing right made me proud to be apart of the team that day.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Second Chance Fields is a great nonprofit with an awesome cause. I really enjoy volunteering for them, their events are always fun and I love supporting sports. Highly recommend supporting Second Chance Fields!

Donor

Rating: 5

Second Chance Fields is an amazing nonprofit that does great work for high school sports by providing public high schools in low income areas with safe, updated, and modern sports fields so the student athletes can play their sports free from injury. However, that's not what this review is about... I want to highlight it's founder, Josh Pratchard. This young man has, for the last four years, worked his tail off to build this nonprofit from the ground up and he does it for free! Many people volunteer, they put in an hour or two for one weekend a year and pat themselves on the back. Josh works 365 days a year, sometimes 12 hours a day for nothing! He finds the projects, fundraises the entire amount by himself, finds and recruits the volunteers and convinces local businesses and construction companies to come out with their equipment and tools to pull these huge projects off and he does it all with a smile on his face and a passion I have not seen matched in all my years working in the nonprofit sector. He does all this and never asks for anything in return, never complains about anything and always gives 110%. If you are looking for an organization with a GREAT cause to support or donate to, you would be hard pressed to find a better organization, pushing a better cause and run by a man with more conviction, integrity and passion that is making a HUGE impact in three lives of hundreds of San Diego's student athletes. I highly recommend Second Chance Fields and I salute you Josh Pratchard for all your hard work that made this a great and worthy cause.

A loyal SCF Donor

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!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

1

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!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

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

2

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!!