Gahanna, Ohio – February 21, 2013 – G. Scott McComb, Chairman, President & CEO of Heartland Bank is pleased to announce a partnership with Phil Greisinger and the launching of the Heartland Bank Field – Home of the Gahanna Lions – Spring 2013.
Phil Griesinger had a vision for making a dream come true to rebuild the baseball field for Gahanna Lincoln High School. “Head Coach Mike Shade has had a dream for years to rebuild the baseball field and didn’t think that dream would ever come true.” Griesinger stated. Being a local business owner whose two children graduated from Gahanna Lincoln High School he knew this was a project that he wanted to pursue. His son was on the baseball team which was in need of a new field for a number of years. But Phil wanted to wait for his kids to graduate so that it was clear that this was not just in support of his own children but for all the kids at the school and for the community as a whole.
Griesinger met with Scott McComb and shared his vision for the baseball field and the need to finance the project. “When meeting with Scott, true to his word about Heartland Bank wanting to be an active part of the community, they were able to put together a plan for the financing.” said Griesinger. The project was financed by Heartland Bank and was carried out by business owners with children currently or formerly in attendance at the school. It was a community effort to promote the community, a “Collaboration of Dads,” as Phil put it. They worked together to coordinate the building of the new field. Part of the agreement was the name of the field for the life of the loan. After which the field will be renamed, promoting another local business within the community of Gahanna.
Heartland Bank Field stands where the old field did behind the Blacklick Elementary School on Havens Corners Road. You won’t be able to miss the new lights and sign at the top of the new press box building when it is completed this spring. The building will include an announcer booth, two private press boxes, the coaches’ booth, with plenty of storage and seating. They are also including a “Field of Fame” which is miniature baseball field made of bricks. Anyone can buy a brick for $50 which can commemorate a former player, benefactor, or whoever you want it to.McComb said, “This is what community banking is all about, helping other organizations within the community. You will see our people at the farmers market, the Christmas tree lighting and now at the baseball field.”
Gahanna Lincoln is the 8th largest division 1 school in the state. They were one of the only ones that never hosted post season games or any other special event. This was because they did not have the facility for it, enough seats in the bleachers, or even a PA system. The new Heartland Bank Field will provide all of the above. The hope is that the new field will stand as a landmark for the community. They will be able to host post season games, tournaments, and other events which will help bring business to hotels, restaurants, and other businesses in Gahanna.About Heartland Bank