Field History The dream of a field in Raanana, Israel was born more than 10 years ago. With a surge in baseball players of all ages, and no proper facilities, a group of dedicated volunteers began discussions with the then-mayor of Raanana to discuss a possible solution. In December 2018 a formal contract was signed between Raanana and the Israel Association of Baseball (IAB), and construction finally began in January 2021. See a short overview video of the field project.
Field Overview The field is located at the northwest corner of Raanana, a city just 10 miles north of Tel Aviv. With three practice diamonds and an adjacent soccer field, the facility will be used every day of the week, and most nights. On Fridays it will serve as the practice facility and site of home games for Ranaana under 18 baseball, with 4 separate leagues sharing the space. Weekday afternoons the field will be used for local soccer practices and games, and evenings will alternate between baseball and soccer - with lights providing around the clock access for kids and adults alike. Eventually, it is the dream of both the Raanana municipality and the IAB to turn Ezra Schwartz memorial baseball field into a national baseball center, hosting international tournaments, providing training for future olympians, and providing the world class facilities so lacking in Israel today. Naming The Raanana baseball field is named in Memory of Ezra Schwartz, a teenager from the Boston area who was killed in a terrorist attack near Gush Etzion in November 2019. Ezra had come to Israel to study and volunteer for a gap year between high school and college. He deeply loved baseball, and given his family and community connection, it was only fitting to name the field in his memory.
Fundraising The mixed-use field is a collaboration between the municipality of Raanana and the Israel Association of Baseball. In 2017 volunteers from IAB raised $450k USD as a condition of the original contract. And now, in 2021 the "final push" campaign is in the process of raising an additional $350k to complete the project and ensure use of the field for the long-term. We turn to baseball lovers and those who support the development of sport in Israel to extend a hand and join this worthwhile effort. To make a contribution, please click donate above. To speak with someone about field details or naming opportunities, please send email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. We thank you in advance for your consideration.