The future home of Dierker’s Champs will officially be called The Cy-Hope Fields presented by Energy Capital Credit Union, according to a March 18 news release from Sportsman Solutions sponsorship activation and fundraising firm.

The backstory

Community Impact reported in May 2022 Cy-Hope officials purchased property near Campbell Middle School to build a baseball complex to support Dierker’s Champs. The program serves hundreds of elementary and middle school students each year.

Cy-Hope purchased surplus land from Cy-Fair ISD after construction of new district facilities took over the former site where games were held.

Dierker’s Champs started in 2010 under the direction of Larry Dierker, former Houston Astros pitcher, announcer and manager.

“I can only imagine how our kids (and their families) will feel going from the best vacant lots we could find to a state-of-the-art complex,” Dierker said in the release. “Part of our mission is to instill positive values while we enjoy playing the game. One value that serves well on and off the field is not giving up. When our field of dreams becomes a reality, our kids will see that we practice what we preach.”

What to expect

Plans for the $5 million project include:
  • Three turf baseball fields
  • LED lighting
  • Concessions stand
  • Restrooms
  • Batting cages
  • Paved parking
Energy Capital Credit Union, a Houston-based business, was awarded naming rights following a multi-year sponsorship agreement with Cy-Hope worth $2 million, officials said.

“As a local financial institution with roots in the Cy-Fair community, we have similar goals as Cy-Hope—we aim to make the lives better for those in our communities. ECCU offers financial solutions including free financial counseling and a youth savings account,” Energy Capital Credit Union’s President and CEO Kanika D. Boutté said in the release.

Cy-Hope has also partnered with The Houston Astros Foundation, which is committing $1.5 million to the project.

What happens next?

Groundbreaking on the project is scheduled for May 1.

Field naming rights and other sponsorship opportunities are available. Those interested should contact Sportsman Solutions Vice President Ryan Patrick at [email protected].

“Cy-Fair ISD is the largest non-urban school district in the United States, and the majority of this student population are economically at risk. This naming rights partnership goes far beyond baseball and will allow Cy-Hope to lean on ECCU, who are experts in the space of educating kids on financial literacy and responsible ways of saving,” Patrick said.