1. It Helps to Develop Young Men – Yes, girls can play too, but lets face the fact that baseball is mostly boys and young boys in our neighborhood need constructive programs that help to develop personal discipline, team work and physical fitness. Baseball is a structured sport that requires the discipline of both the body and the mind. There is a strategy to baseball; it’s more complex than you think! Playing ball helps to train the minds of the young people who participate. They need to work together as a team to accomplish a common goal. And of course baseball is a sport, so a degree of athleticism is good for our increasingly sedentary culture.
2. It Revitalizes our Parks – Nothing brings life to our local parks like 20+ families showing up to play ball in our parks. It makes our parks a place where you want to be. It brings people out of the homes, together on a common ground to share the enjoyment of the game. This many eyes in our parks tends to drive criminal behavior away from these otherwise vacant venues.
3. It Brings a Community Together - Little League is unique in that it is defined by geographical boundaries. What this means is that most people at the games are really your neighbors who live right here in the Ward. I personally met many neighbors in the 19th Ward that I was not previously acquainted with.
Given these reasons, I hope you’ll consider helping to support us this coming year and in the years to come. If I have managed to inspire you, here are three easy ways to help:
1. Help spread the word
Follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/gvlittleleague), this will keep you in the know about upcoming signups, events and games. Let parents and children in your neighborhood know that Little League is back in action. Direct them our web site for more information.
Little League is a volunteer driven program. If you are a fan of baseball consider becoming a coach or an umpire (training can be provided). Even if you’re not a fan, there is a need for support volunteers to help in many different ways.
3. Advocate with our Park System
Our fields in Genesee Valley still need lots of work. A couple of our fields still spend the better part of the season under water. The more our government hears from you about your desire to see them improved, the faster it will probably happen.
Thank you for reading this article and I personally look forward to meeting you in the park this coming spring! Play Ball!