It’s no secret that families on Seabird Island love baseball.
Adult teams have been playing and competing in local tournaments for decades.
Very few opportunities are available to children and Youth looking to learn more about the sport their parents play.
That all changed thanks to the Baseball Miracles Camp August 5-6.
In the late morning children and Youth ages 5-18 took to the District of Kent baseball diamonds. Where they learnt the fundamentals of baseball while having fun and practicing teamwork, fair play, and honesty from the best of the best.
White Sox scouts and longtime baseball and softball players took the participants under their wing in hopes of inspiring them to continue to play baseball for years to come.
Each of the 198 participants, many of whom had not played the game before, walked off the field at the end of the day on Saturday, the proud owner of baseball equipment they would need to continue their passion for the sport. Each receiving their very own gloves, hat and banner.
The free Baseball Miracles event was hosted by Seabird Island in partnership with the District of Kent.
The Baseball Miracles organization is made up of a team of baseball and softball instructors who join together to teach baseball to boys and girls with economic and environmental disadvantages throughout the world.
The organization, founded by John Tumminia, a proud and loyal scout for the Major League Baseball team, the Chicago White Sox. Tumminia has been a longtime advocate of clinics to help kids learn the game and provide the equipment they might not have like gloves, balls and bats.
This event was so successful that as a result Seabird will be hosting a Baseball Development Camp August 19 from 4 – 5:30 p.m.
We would like to send out a heartfelt thank you to everybody who participated and helped out at this event!
Thank you to the District of Kent for partnering with Seabird for this event, allowing us to use their fields at no charge.
Thank you Linda Forseth for inviting this group to Seabird.
Thank you to the Community Services and the Employment Centre labour pool staff.
Thank you to the parents who helped out, watching the kids and cleaning up the area following the event.
We could not have made this event so successful without the help of everybody involved.