Seattle Mariners partner with Metro Parks Tacoma to promote baseball and softball for kids
February 1, 2018
The Seattle Mariners and Metro Parks Tacoma have announced a partnership to promote baseball and softball to thousands of elementary school aged boys and girls in the greater Tacoma area.
Through a new initiative known as On BASE (Baseball and Softball Everywhere), the Mariners will provide team-branded jerseys for 2,400 kids aged 5-12 who participate in the upcoming baseball portion of the Elementary Sports Program, which offers after-school sports at all Tacoma elementary schools.
In addition, the Mariners will contribute financial support to the Jack C. Wilson Active Kids Fund, which offers scholarships for Metro Parks Tacoma registration fees so that all Tacoma youth have access to recreation programs.
“We believe that every child should have the chance to play baseball or softball,” said John Stanton, Seattle Mariners Managing Partner and Chair. “Through On BASE, we will strive to give every girl and boy in the region the opportunity to get outside and to play America’s favorite sports.”
“It’s a great gesture. The Mariners will help keep a lot of dreams alive with this partnership,” said Aaron Pointer, a member of the Metro Parks Board of Park Commissioners and a former major league ballplayer. “More kids in Tacoma will have the opportunity to be physically active after school and to learn about teamwork.”
The Elementary Sports Program includes T-Ball, Coach Pitch, baseball and softball and is available to K-5 students at Tacoma Public Schools, private schools and those who are home schooled. The program is administered by Metro Parks Tacoma in partnership with Tacoma Public Schools, Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound, and YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties. The program also offers soccer, golf, volleyball, basketball and flag football at various times during the school year. The baseball/fastpitch season runs April through June. Registration closes March 19; details are available on the Metro Parks website.
In addition to the partnership with Metro Parks, the Mariners On BASE initiative includes such things as cash grants to support Little League and high school baseball/softball programs in Washington, a series of instruction clinics for youth coaches and players, Mariners Grand Slam skills development camps, Major League Baseball’s Pitch, Hit & Run competition, the RBI (Reviving Baseball in Innercities) League partnership with Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club in Seattle and PLAY BALL, a partnership between MLB, USA Baseball and the U.S. Conference of Mayors to promote participation in casual as well as organized baseball activites.
Metro Parks Tacoma is an independent park district that leads efforts to build a healthy, sustainable community. Governed by an elected five-member Board of Park Commissioners, Metro Parks offers a wide range of recreational programs. The district maintains and cares for more than 100 parks and recreational facilities in the Tacoma area, including Point Defiance Park, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park and four community centers.
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- Michael Thompson, Metro Parks Tacoma, (253) 305-1092; email@example.com
- Rebecca Hale, Seattle Mariners, (206) 346-4324; firstname.lastname@example.org
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