Meet the man moving heaven and lots of earth to rebuild fields in Oklahoma City schools

Jenni Carlson, reporting for, updates us on the “Fields & Futures” non-profit organization that is rebuilding fields for Oklahoma City Public Schools:

Tommy Noble hates sitting still.

He’s a construction man who regularly wakes at 5 a.m. and heads to a site, hops on a tractor and gets dirty.

But as much as he prefers busy days to lazy ones, this summer has tested him.

“It’s a good thing I don’t have hair,” he said, laughing about his shaved-bald head.

Noble heads up construction for Fields & Futures, the nonprofit rebuilding athletic fields in Oklahoma City Public Schools. Over the past six years, he has overseen the completion of 22 fields. This summer with the district’s Pathway to Greatness plan shuttering some schools and shuffling others, he is overseeing fields being built simultaneously at eight schools.

The plan will bring at least one new field to every relocated high school and middle school.

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