He loved the game and he loved Harmon Field. Mason Lassiter had a dream for the basketball courts at Harmon Field and now local residents and businesses have band together to make sure the 17-year-old’s dream becomes a reality.
Lassiter passed away on April 10 before his dream could be reached. He had raised $11,000 towards a $40,000 goal to renovate the open-air basketball gym at Harmon Field. He said before his death his senior project should help the community, and he could not think of a better way to help than to make the courts safer and more enjoyable.
Since his death, a group of people have been championing Lassiter’s efforts to make sure the project is completed, not only to see his vision come to a reality, but to now make a memorial to Lassiter , who was a junior at the Polk County Early College.
A golf tournament has been scheduled for Friday, June 28 at Cleghorn Golf and Sports Club in Rutherfordton. There will be lunch at noon and a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start. The tournament will help Lassiter’s project be finished. During the months of May and June, all donations to the project up to $15,000 will be matched by an anonymous donor, which will complete the fundraising needed.
Lassiter, who lived in Tryon and played on the courts at Harmon Field since he was nine years old, had a vision to resurface the floor, replace the goals, add some benches and a water fountain and have a mural painted there.
“I’m going to try to replace the goals with all new goals,” Lassiter said in a video about the project before his death.
Lassiter said the flooring is not in good shape and he and others have sustained injuries because it is slick. He said the courts lacked luster, are not safe and people rarely play there because the goals are broken and none of them have nets. He also wanted to commission an artist to paint a mural on a wall there.
“I want it to represent what Tryon really is and the citizens in it,” Lassiter said.
Lassiter approached the Harmon Field Board of Supervisors last September, with the board welcoming his project.
Players, sponsors and prizes are still needed for the tournament.
For more information, to help with the project or to make a private donation, contact Mason’s father, Matt Lassiter, at firstname.lastname@example.org by putting “Harmon Field” in the subject line. For additional options: