Improve safety & baseball field/facility conditions at our high school

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We the parents of Southwest DeKalb and neighboring high schools, are calling for the installation of lights on our schools baseball fields. Not providing adequate lighting is a huge safety concern for our children. Furthermore, it is extremely unfair and a disadvantage for our students/athletes to cancel or end games prematurely due to a lack of standard operational facility accommodations. 

Our children should be given an equal opportunity to play baseball for their high school in hopes of obtaining athletic scholarships for college. It is no secret,  and in fact there are many articles written by Major League Baseball referencing the decline of black players in baseball. It starts here! It starts with inner city, predominantly black schools such as ours not having sufficient amenities for our players. We have to give our children an opportunity to excel in this sport by supplying them with basic necessities to play the sport to its full advantage. When we put forth effort and give our players tools to succeed, they will develop a love & passion for this sport to perhaps become the next great MLB player. Our students shouldn't have to travel outside their home school to experience what it is like to have basic field amenities. 

When you attend a baseball game, you are guaranteed to have:

1) lights

2) scoreboard 

3) field house or stand for scorekeeper

4) concession stands

5) bathrooms 

At Southwest DeKalb High School, we have none of these basic needs. We are not allowed to charge entrance fees like schools in other counties. We visit other schools and have to pay to see our child play. They are able to put that money back in their program to provide for their athletes. DeKalb does not allow us the same opportunity to do so for our athletes. Therefore, we are requesting Dekalb County School District to put forth some effort to provide at least lights for our children to play baseball for their school without the stress of losing sunlight. And if nothing else, provide an operable scoreboard as well. 

Thank you