When I was in high school my family and I moved to a less affluent portion of South Jersey. This only lasted a few years and eventually we returned home where we continue to reside. I broach this information because I plan to touch on a topic that I feel needs more coverage. Recently many Major League Baseball players and supporters of the sport have seen a dramatic decrease in American born athletes with low-income families playing and progressing in the sport. This first photo speaks to this exact issue. I spent the last few days revisiting my old homes and the sporting facilities surrounding both towns. Growing up I knew that I was playing on the best fields, but other towns immediately surrounding me had somewhat comparable facilities as well. Not until I moved did I realize that outside our little suburban bubble the sporting world is very different. I am going display four additional photos highlighting what I believe is the reason to why many low-income children are veering away from baseball and moving to other means of sport.
With these images I wanted to show why many families prefer their children to play baseball in certain towns, and will even pay more money to join those specific leagues. I then encapsulate the wealth of the most common home structures in the towns by showing the two homes I grew up in. Because the towns are so close together, I was always stunned to see how little care is taken for youth leagues. Lastly, I showed a neutral site, a playground at each complex. I believe that the bleakness of these playgrounds also hurts the family atmosphere causing these people to leave. Is it carelessness or something else, I do not believe money is that much of a factor. People in all the surrounding communities should ban together to help.