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This photo was taken in Voorhees at the GVAA baseball complex where I played all of my little league baseball.  I took this photo to show how beautiful the sporting facilities are in a very affluent town.  Other towns immediately surrounding Voorhees such as Marlton and Cherryhill have somewhat comparable facilities as well. #Baseball, #Turf, #BestFacility, #CommunityCare

This photo was taken in Voorhees at the GVAA baseball complex where I played all of my little league baseball. I took this photo to show how beautiful the sporting facilities are in a very affluent town. Other towns immediately surrounding Voorhees such as Marlton and Cherry Hill have somewhat comparable facilities as well.
#Baseball, #Turf, #BestFacility, #CommunityCare

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.

This next photo was taken at the Pennsauken youth baseball fields.  This is where I played my recreational baseball when I was between 13, 14, and 15.  The number of enrolled athletes was less than half in this area than at GVAA.  This could be attributed to the size of the town, however the towns are not that different.  #PaintChips, #BrokenDown, # MuddyFields, # BadDirt

This next photo was taken at the Pennsauken youth baseball fields. This is where I played my recreational baseball when I was between 13, 14, and 15. The number of enrolled athletes was less than half in this area than at GVAA. This could be attributed to the size of the town, however the towns are not that different.
#PaintChips, #BrokenDown, #MuddyFields, #BadDirt

This is a photo of the playground at the GVAA complex when many grow up watching older brothers play sports.  The quality of this playground makes the experience fun for the entire family and keeps all interested in the sport.
This is a photo of the playground at the GVAA complex when many grow up watching older brothers play sports. The quality of this playground makes the experience fun for the entire family and keeps all interested in the sport. #Playground, #ChildhoodHeaven, #BrandNew, #GreatFun

This photo was taken of run-down playground at PYAA where there was never a family atmosphere.  It always felt as though people joked about the desolate park and how people never wanted to go around this area.

This photo was taken of a run-down playground at PYAA where there was never a family atmosphere. It always felt as though people joked about the desolate park and how people never wanted to go around this area. #Desolate, #Old, #InNeedOfRepair, #NoFun

This photo was taken of a double family home in Pennsauken.  We were attached to this home for four years and these homes are very common in the area.  There is no reason why economic disparity should affect the sports facilities so greatly.  You be the judge.

This photo was taken of a double family home in Pennsauken. We were attached to this home for four years and these homes are very common in the area. There is no reason why economic disparity should affect the sports facilities so greatly. You be the judge. #2Families1Home, #LivingClose, #SharingIsCaring, #CommonStyleHome

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