Free & Inspired in Mississippi

ANNOUNCEMENT: I have just learned that Dr. Perry and his wife Kim were killed in a plane crash this past weekend {August 14, 2016) with two other couples as they returned from a dental conference in Florida. Dr Perry was such an extraordinary man that I struggle to find words to describe this loss – for his beautiful children whom he loved and adored, for his family, his colleagues and the Oxford, Mississippi community. Please say prayers for the Perry family. Funeral information here. Contributions in memory of the Perry’s may be made to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church Building Fund, 416 South Fifth Street, Oxford, MS 38655 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.  Entitled “Our Oxford Family Memorial Fund,” a special fund has been established to support the families of the Perrys and the other two couples killed in the crash. Go to or send checks to P.O. Box 1234 – Oxford, MS 38655.

“Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too.”
~Yogi Berra

By Catherine Austin Fitts

It is remarkable what a talented entrepreneur can do when they decide to make a difference.

Dr. Michael Perry has a highly successful practice as a periodontist and is an active father in Oxford Mississippi. Busy as he is, he understands the importance of  kids in northern Mississippi having facilities to excel at sports. Oxford, home of University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), is a pretty sophisticated place. However, in the rural areas surrounding Oxford, the quality of facilities and opportunities can fall off pretty quickly.

So Perry built the Oxford-Lafayette Sportsplex. Giving kids access to play baseball and soccer meant finding ways of making the Sportsplex economic to use and maintain. Coaches and parents volunteer and LED lighting cuts costs to the bone.

I was in his office the other day angling for a personal tour of the Sportsplex, and discovered one of the 13 year old teams that use their fields, the Yalobusha Giants, had just won a national invitational tournament.

Never underestimate the power of what can happen when children have the opportunity to be part of something excellent.

Oxford Lafayette Sportsplex


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