Trinity Sports Foundation was created to provide Christian based sporting activities for children, youth and adults, regardless of race, economic means, religion or athletic ability.
TRINITY SPORTS FOUNDATION: What Began as a Vision is Now a Dream Coming True
By Jim Reeves
Scott Heusel was the first to see it. The young Trinity United Methodist Church associate pastor and youth director looked out across Trinity’s brand new 28-acre campus five years ago and saw something that filled his eyes with tears….of joy.
He looked beyond the empty acres of grass and dirt, stretching from Trinity’s impressive new building, with its expansive sanctuary and the church’s first-ever activity center, all the way to the corner of Pioneer Parkway and Green Oaks Boulevard.
He didn’t see an empty field of grass and dirty and rock. He saw the future.
He saw kids. Running. Playing. Kicking balls. He heard them, too, shouting with delight. Laughing. Kids of all colors, shapes and sizes. Kids, enjoying life the way God meant them to enjoy it.
Give him credit, Heusel saw it first, but make no mistake, there are three men at the center of what would become the Trinity Sports Foundation. It took Heusel’s vision. It took senior minister Dean Posey’s generosity and commitment and it took Bill Bowie’s energy, dedication and leadership.
Those three men are at the heart of the Trinity Sports Foundation. They are what makes it tick and what makes it special.
Together, the three men didn’t see the emptiness. They weren’t fazed by the potential challenges or the roadblocks others might have seen. What they saw was a community’s most precious resource of all.
And not just any kids, either. They saw kids who might never have had a chance to play organized sports or be part of a team, kids who had never pulled on a real team jersey, or a ball glove, or worn a pair of real soccer shoes.
Trinity’s move to its new land-rich home from its original landlocked location on West Park Row had opened up a whole new vista of possibilities.
That vision spawned the Trinity Sports Foundation, whose mission is to provide Christian-based sporting activities for children, youth and adults, regardless of race, economic means, religion or athletic ability.
“I’ve always wanted to combine my two passions, sports and ministry,” said Heusel, a native Oklahoman who spent time as a trainer for both the San Diego Padres and San Diego Chargers before going into the ministry. “Moving here to this new facility in 2012, I saw all this space we had and thought how neat it would be to be able to offer baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball, basketball, right here on our campus.”
Bowie, a Trinity member and president of RTI, a resin consulting company, caught Heusel’s vision, too, and put his passion, money and organization skills to work in forming TSF. Bowie, who spent 14 years on the board at the Arlington YMCA, is the TSF board’s chairman. Trinity’s senior pastor, Dean Posey, threw his total support behind the mission, donating100 percent of the proceeds from his book, “12 Gifts We Can’t Afford to Lose,” to support the endeavor.
TSF hosts a fund-raising golf tournament at Shady Valley Country Club in Arlington each spring, drawing a field of 120 golfers the first year (2016) and 140 in the second. Sponsorships have come from the Texas Rangers, Moritz Car Dealerships, Hutcherson Construction, JW Neal and Associates, Texas Clear (owned by Odes Mitchell) and Jerry and Becky McCullough. Former mayor Richard Greene teed up the honorary first tee shot for former Ranger’s president and U.S. Ambassador Tom Schieffer in the inaugural tournament and current Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams did the honors for the 2017 tournament.
“Even with everything the Y does, and with programs like the Boys and Girls Clubs and others, there’s a dire need for sports playing fields in Arlington,” Bowie pointed out. “This seemed like the perfect marriage of discipline, teamwork, sacrifice, serving others – all those things we talk about in our faith – and an opportunity to put kids on those fields.”
The entire playing field area has now been lined with a black, galvanized (more attractive than silver chain link) 6-foot high fence to help provide a safe environment for the kids. There are three full-sized soccer fields and a mini softball/baseball practice field in operation. Two different select soccer teams have contracted to use the fields for practice during the week in the summer of 2017 and all the fields are in use on Saturdays and Sunday afternoons with a full schedule of YMCA-sponsored games. TSF has invested in an irrigation system to keep the grass fields green and lush.
What Bowie, Heusel and Dr. Posey envision for the future is a fully engaged sports center with lighted fields, concession areas, pavilions and a full-sized softball/baseball diamond. The soccer fieldscould also double as flag football venues. All of this would combine with the basketball and volleyball programs already underway in Trinity’s Activity Center.
“We want to be able to offer the kids who can’t afford to play organized sports a chance, to tell them just come and we’ll take care of things, give them a jersey, make them part of a team,” Heusel said. “It’s amazing how a soccer ball, or a softball can transcend barriers of language, of race, or whatever.”
Those kids that Heuselonce could see in a vision? He doesn’t have to squint any more, thanks to men like Bowie, Dr. Posey and the TWF board of directors.They’re there, and more are coming right behind them.
(Jim Reeves, a member at Trinity UMC for more than a quarter of a century, it is a retired sports columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and ESPN)
Bill Bowie, Chair
Claire Wheeler, Vice Chair
Ex Officio Members