A local builder put its expertise to work rebuilding the equipment shed at the Queenston baseball complex in Cypress, Texas after an arsonist left it in smoldering ashes last September – and the new and improved shed came at no cost to the sports association that manages the complex.
The Cy-Fair Sports Association hosts season and tournament games for youngsters ages 5 through 12 on the fields at 5500 Queenston Blvd. The association has more than 3,000 baseball players and began its spring season in February.
“The people in CFSA spend thousands of hours giving back to the youth. It was disappointing to know that someone would purposely try to set us back from our mission,” says Scott Huntsman, the association’s president and treasurer.
The blaze destroyed the 40-foot by 12-foot shed, which housed dozens of baseball gloves, rakes, hoes, stripers, and a Sand Pro. The lost equipment was worth about $25,000, according to Huntsman. The loss of the shed forced volunteers to put in extra, manually intensive hours to keep the little league organization operating.
MHI, known locally by its signature brands Plantation Homes and Coventry Homes, offered to rebuild the shed. The homebuilder has a long tradition of giving back to the community, and this project was a perfect fit. The new shed has double doors and a finished interior.
“It was something we felt we could do that would impact a lot of folks,” says Gary Tesch, MHI president. “It was right in our wheelhouse. We could do it a lot easier and cheaper than the association.”
About a third of the company’s Houston-based employees played on those fields or have children who played on them. That created a strong connection and desire to fix the shed within the company.
“MHI has always been helpful, has always been a strong supporter of our community, and it’s been a long-time supporter of the association,” Huntsman says. “This gift allows us to continue to operate more efficiently and continue to play our games.
“As we teach in our programs, adversity makes us stronger,” he adds, “and we feel good about our reaction and the support we have received to bounce back in full.”