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.