04/16/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Brian Bordainick, New Orleans Teacher, Working To Build 'Field Of Dreams' In Ninth Ward

New Orleans high school teacher Brian Bordainick, at only 24 years old, is making a lifetime's worth of difference in the city's Ninth Ward. After a year of fundraising, he's nearing his goal of $1.85 million dollars to build a new athletic field, what's being called the Ninth Ward Field of Dreams.

When he started over a year ago, the "school" was really just eight trailers in a parking lot. He's now the athletic director at George Washington Carver High and, with sponsors including Nike and ESPN, may soon realize a dream that other teachers once deemed impossible.

From the Ninth Ward Field of Dreams site:

In the summer of 2008, 30 students emerged from seven classroom trailers and courageously took to the field as a football team. Their field? An abandoned lot in the shadow of their hurricane-devastated high school. These students have inspired a group of young, ambitious individuals to resurrect a community and change the outcome of a forgotten neighborhood. Together we can prove that against formidable odds, a few people crazy enough to believe in their own power to create change can overcome a seemingly impossible challenge.


Donate online or text the word DREAM to 50555.