GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)-Women haven’t always been welcomed into the world of sports. In the 40s and 50s a local league called The GR Chicks added a new era of sports. Some of these players are still with us today. The Porter Hills Foundation brought together two of the retired players; Dolly Konwinski and Marilyn Jenkins to help others experience the transformation of dreams into reality. The celebration was to pay tribute to these players, and raise funds for an important cause.
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During WWII women and sports were not heavily aligned. But with the anticipation of losing male players to the war draft—a team of All-American Professional Girls Baseball League was formed. The team was called the Grand Rapids Chicks. They were the real women behind the 1992 film A League of their own, and gave a new meaning to the game of baseball. From 1945-1954, the women filled seats and began a new era for women in sports-winning championships in 1947 and 1953.
The retired players were celebrated for being among the first group who ultimately changed the game forever and turned the once men’s only sport into a field of dreams for women.
The event raised funds and awareness for the Porter Hills’ Foundation Benevolent Fund. For years, Porter Hills has provided residents, who have outlived their resources, a new safe haven. The Benevolent Fund provides piece of mind to residents, even though their finances have run out. The Field of Dreams event is the annual event which helps to provide for these community members.