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Stripes Helps Build Field of Dreams

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- During the June 10 face-off between Major League Soccer's Houston Dynamos and the Laredo Heat at Whataburger Field, officials from the Stripes convenience store chain and Ryan-Sanders Baseball, owners of the Hooks Minor League baseball team, will reveal the winner of the Stripes-Corpus Christi Hooks Soccer Field of Dreams contest, reported.

"We have an opportunity with this program to impact the lives of youths in our community, and that is something which Stripes has always been proud to do," Steve DeSutter, Stripes president and CEO, said in the report. "Playing sports teaches our kids so many good life lessons, and investing in ways to improve that experience for the kids in one of these local organizations is just another way Stripes can give back to the community."

The contest will award one of three youth soccer club finalists a field makeover, featuring approximately 10,000 square feet of TifSport Bermuda 419 sod, to be donated by Stripes and Ryan-Sanders, with an assist from King Ranch Turfgrass, according to the report.

The three finalists are:

-- City of Portland Parks & Recreation/Gregory-Portland Soccer Association
-- Gulf Coast Soccer Club
-- Padre Soccer League

In addition to the turf, Stripes and Ryan-Sanders will look for ways to meet other equipment needs or requests from the winning organization.

Officials from Stripes and the Hooks will undertake site visits this week, and the winner will be announced at halftime of the Dynamo-Heat match.

"We had solid applications from all over the area," Hooks President Ken Schrom said in the report. "The applicants were very thorough in conveying to us what their needs are." He added: "The three finalists make up a diverse group. It will be exciting to get out in the community and evaluate their playing surfaces. The gift of sod should be a perpetual gift as young players enjoy their field for years to come."

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