The Sappy Moffitt Field Foundation is the charitable arm of the SMBL that is funded through yearly player contributions and gifts from community members.
The SMFF is collaborative in nature. We bring together relevant groups–community organizations, non-profits, and businesses–to build public ballparks that make beautiful spaces and increase the utilization of public parks in the urban core of South Bend, Indiana. Our projects celebrate the city and its history and seek to revitalize areas of our city’s core that need attention. We will only operate where there is overwhelming support and expressed need.
Foundry Giants Field
Our current project is Foundry Giants Field located at Southeast Park. When completed it will be a truly remarkable public space that adds vitality to the Southeast neighborhood, celebrates the baseball stories of our city’s marginalized communities, and provides a quality baseball field for children and adults to play on in South Bend’s urban core.
Foundry Giants Field is being funded primarily by private contributions. We are also working with the State of Indiana (IHCDA’s CreatINg Places grant). The following local organizations have been the partners to make it possible through fundraising, programming, volunteer labor, and in-kind assistance:
- Boys & Girls Club of St. Joseph County
- South Bend Community School Corporation
- South Bend Venues, Parks & Arts
- Southeast Organized Area Residents
- The History Museum
- Civil Rights Heritage Center