Seward City Council passed a resolution Tuesday night renaming the Citizens Field to the Ryan M. Lewis Memorial Field.
Lewis, who passed away unexpectedly in February, was a lifelong Sewardite known for his good nature and love of sports.
“He grew up at the softball fields, watching his parents and their friends playing softball,” Vicki Loomis told the city council at Tuesday’s meeting. “As soon as he could get a mitt in his hand, it was all about baseball.”
Five letters with several pages of supporting signatures were sent to the council requesting that Citizens Field be renamed.
“Ryan Lewis was beloved in Seward by everyone from the parents who were friends of his parents, his sports-minded friends, his childhood friends and his co-workers and bosses from various jobs he held in Seward over the years,” one of the letter states. “These are just a few of the groups that mourn his death deeply and wish to honor him by renaming the field.”
Lewis was also part of the team who built Citizens Field, according to Loomis, which was originally named for the group who volunteered their time to work on the field.
“Anyone who had the pleasure of playing baseball with Ryan was able to enjoy his competitiveness, sportsmanship and pure love for the game,” Loomis said. “He is well loved and respected in the community in Seward.”
The community is also creating sweatshirts to remember Lewis. Info for the sweatshirts is below. Contact Juliana Kim if you would like to order.
The black, zip-up sweatshirts will cost about $30. They will say ‘Ryan Lewis Memorial Field, EST. 2019’ on the upper chest and will
The back will have Lewi’s name and a cutout of him batting that was taken from a photo of him at Ryan Lewis Memorial Field.
There are two designs that can be on the black hoodie. One is Lewi in the middle of a circle. The other will be jersey style font on the hoodie, with no circle around Lewi. Please like which design you like best, and whatever has the most likes is the design that will be picked.
If you want hoodies, please let me know and I’ll add it to the order.
We need at least 25 hoodies ordered for them to be made.