Summertime means no school and warm weather – the perfect time for kids to get outside and play. Physical activity and youth sports help kids learn teamwork, stay healthy and turn off their electronic devices. However, they need a safe, well-maintained space to accommodate these activities. This summer, one Atlanta-area community saw its athletic field transformed thanks to Howard Brothers Outdoor Power and Hardware and other local businesses.
The field makeover project overhauled the baseball and softball field at Towers High School in DeKalb County, just outside Atlanta. Towers High School earned the recognition of Howard Brothers and its partners after fans voted for the beloved local teams.
“This was an exciting project, to say the least,” says Doug Howard, co-owner of Howard Brothers. “We live, work and serve in these communities, and we know many of the families who benefit from the local athletic fields. This project has allowed us to give back to those communities and families who have supported our business over the years.”
The makeover took place over the summer, before the school year began. Over a period of several days, a team of volunteers from Howard Brothers and its partners groomed and renovated two neglected ball fields. They cut down overgrown grass, leveled and restored the dirt playing surfaces, restored the dugouts and scoreboard areas, repaired fences, brought in additional ground cover and repainted dugouts and surrounding buildings.
“We brought a lot of equipment and found several projects that we could help with,” says Andy Darnell, marketing director at Howard Brothers. “We believe that this can become a service project that we can continue around town at other needed schools. This field makeover project allows us to put our home and garden expertise to good use.”
The Howard family has been a part of the greater Atlanta small business community since 1955, when Edwin Howard purchased a small grocery store from his in-laws in Doraville, Georgia. In 1972, the family expanded into the hardware business and has remained there ever since. Howard Brothers now has 5 locations around north Georgia but remains family and locally owned.
For more information on Howard Brothers, visit www.howardbrothers.com.
This story is part of our ongoing ‘Local Memories, Lasting Impact’ series that highlights small, locally owned businesses and the differences they make in their communities.
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