Morgan Wallen Foundation donates $100,000 to Jefferson City, TN Little League

The new backup at Roy Harmon Park.

Jefferson City, Tenn. (WATE) – The Jefferson City Little League is getting an upgrade thanks to a donation from country music star and East Tennessee native Morgan Wallen.

The singer’s nonprofit organization, the Morgan Wallen Foundation, donated $100,000 to the league for field and facility upgrades. Wallen grew up in East Tennessee and played Little League games on the fields of Jefferson City as a child, according to a Facebook post from the foundation.

Little League President Robbie Britt said the donation will fund a new field, fencing, backstop, dugout and press box.

“A lot of cities get attention and not many rural areas get attention, so someone like the MWF focusing on the rural areas and working with these types of rural areas brings life to the whole community, it brings life to everything around us. So we want to thank them and I am very happy that they are helping us create these better conditions for these children,” he said.

It’s been more than twenty years since the field last saw updates. Most of the donation will go toward a new field at Roy Harmon Park.

“That will allow this little league to expand and maybe bring softball back. Right now we don’t have softball because we don’t have enough fields, we only have two fields. So that’s the greatest gift we receive, in a new area. And I just can’t reiterate how blessed we are to see the Roy Harmon field being overhauled,” Britt said.

Little League has seen a high demand for softball. Britt said he and many other parents are looking forward to the time when their daughters can participate.

“The community is excited. They’re excited about bringing back softball, I have parents who come up to me and say, ‘are we going to get softball?’ I get the question all the time and I think this is the most exciting thing our future has to offer,” said Britt. “I know a lot of parents ask about it all the time and I know they’re really excited to see that happen.”

The new field will also allow Little League to expand its teeball program. The upgrades are expected to be completed next spring.