Scoreboards Donated to Rector Sports Complex

Thursday, July 13, 2017
Rector Sports Complex board member April Lindsey and Piggott State Bank President and CEO Cody Knight with the new baseball scoreboard. PSB opened their branch in Rector earlier this year.(TD photo/Jane Gatewood)

From small town dreams come big, hometown memories. With this in mind, Piggott State Bank-Rector and Rector Downtown Drug continue to support hometown projects in a variety of ways. From sponsoring baseball teams to recently donating the funds necessary for new scoreboards for the RHS baseball and softball fields, Piggott State Bank and Rector Downtown Drug have hit home runs with the sports complex board. The baseball Cougars field is also home to all baseball teams ages 13 and up during the season and the Lady Cougar softball field is used by teams ages five to eight years.

The Rector Sports Complex Board maintains four fields and announced recently a new scoreboard-funded in full by Piggott State Bank, was being installed by Rainey Electronics of Little Rock. When word of this donation from PSB hit the street, Keith Hill and Shannon Haywood stepped up to bat for Rector Downtown Drug, long-time sponsor and contributor to the sports complex. They donated half of the funds for another scoreboard to be purchased and installed on the RHS softball field, with the remaining half of the funds requiring additional sponsorship.

Baseball, softball and all versions of America’s game send parents and their sluggers across the region. Rector’s Sports Complex is a favorite for families because of its proximity to Rector Memorial Park which the city, community center committee and some Garden Club members maintain.

Keith Hill, owner and pharmacist Rector Downtown Drug, sports complex board member April Lindsey and Shannon Haywood, pharmacist, with the new scoreboard at the softball field.(TD photo/Jane Gatewood)

“Visitors for tournaments and other games often remark how they enjoy coming to Rector with the shaded playground and picnic areas available,” said a community center spokesperson. “The sports complex board, along with parents and other volunteers, like to showcase Rector at every opportunity. The new scoreboards will add style and important functionality to the complex.”

During this year’s off-season, the complex will have major work done to improve the fields’ lighting. Renting a bucket truck that’s tall enough and securing enough specialty light bulbs is a major expense. Sponsors for the undertaking will be Hamilton Farms (Sherland and Barbara Hamilton), Irby Funeral Homes and Mosley Auto Parts.

“As funds allow, the board has other projects and improvements we hope to make. While the City of Rector owns this entire acreage, we all work well together, the city, the school, and the sports complex board to maintain it and provide excellent facilities for the ball teams. We’d like to add a smaller t-ball field for the little ones. We are always in need of donations and workers,” commented April Lindsey, board secretary-treasurer.

Rector offers athletic programming for youth of all ages. “Over 150 young people are participating in this summer’s program,” said Lindsey. Small towns that support youth athletic programs do so because of the leadership in their community. The support and volunteer spirit of sponsors, parents, and those residents who take part in the local fund raisers keep the local bats cracking.

Two tournaments serve to raise funds for the organization-the annual Glen Sain Pre-Season Tournament and the new tournament Softball Slam sponsored by Tenneco Automotive, ARI, Lilly Corporation, Elite Graphics, Turbo Ice, Wolf Farms and Dick’s Sporting Goods. The funds raised from these two events plus registration fees, sponsors, and concessions provide all the monies used for the sports complex and its programming. “No child is ever turned away from our programs because of inability to pay a registration fee. If they want to play, we want them to be a part of this organization. We will help with whatever is needed,” commented Lindsey. She went on to mention all the team sponsors for the 2017 season: Piggott State Bank, Centennial Bank, Bransons Welding, Elite Enterprises LLC, Shavalia Electric LLC, Duncan Chiropractic, Rector Downtown Drug, Shelton Sanitation, CR Doc, Piggott Community Hospital, Wolf Farms, Snow Tax and Financial Services, along with two private donors.

Always looking for ways to improve the program and the facilities, the sports complex board members, president Mark Vavak, vice-president Nate Henderson, Perry Tucker, Summer Wolfenbarger, Sarah Parmenter, Lyndsey Bell, Brad Green, Leticia Dooley, David Clayton and April Lindsey encourage the public to contact them to offer help, make donations, become sponsors or contribute fresh ideas. Lindsey may be reached at 870-239-1874.

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