A windstorm in September 2017 caused damage across Anchorage, including at the Abbott-O-Rabbit Little League fields on the south side of town. The storm nearly destroyed two of the dugouts.

Another dugout is still standing, but 8-year-old Little Leaguer Will Bryan says that isn’t ideal. "We sometimes have to share a dugout with the other team, which is kind of annoying," Bryan said.

More than a year and a half after the storm, Abbott-O-Rabbit’s board of directors hadn’t come up with the money for repairs, so it applied for a grant from the Home Depot Foundation and was awarded nearly $5,000 worth of lumber and materials.

Volunteers, including Bryan, started building the structures this weekend.

Home Depot manager J’Son Soule says his organization was glad to help.

"We have high winds in this area, so, when they actually approached us, about a year, a year and a half ago, we were already booked up with a couple of projects there," said Soule. "When we were approached again, we were all over it."

With plenty of time left to play ball this season, one of the league’s vice presidents, who also helped build the new dugouts, says he’s eager to see the players enjoy their new spaces. "To see the kids gather in the dugouts, cheering their teammates on, being able to have a place to get out of the wind sometimes, sometimes the rain, they're going to be really excited,” Adam Peterson said. “It's going to be a lot of fun."

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