Delta Baseball and Softball League to make donations to three Antioch schools
Local youth sports organization, The Delta Baseball & Softball League, announced today its donation of over $2,750 to Antioch schools.
In 2012 the board of director for the Delta embarked on a new initiative, “Delta Goes to Bat for Schools.” The purpose of the program is to two-fold: in partnering with local schools, the league strives to demonstrate to its players the overriding importance of education. In the words of board member Rick Hilton, “baseball and other team sports are important in the development of our children, but every player should be reminded that school must always come first.”
A secondary mission of the program is to promote the importance of physical education and both individual and team sports within schools. According to board member David Chuey, “sports in general and team sports specifically teach kids things like communication, teamwork, good sportsmanship, and responsibility – all qualities that aid in their overall physical and educational development.”
The program, now in its second year, encourages schools and their PTA/PTO to get kids involved in baseball/softball and other team and individual sports. A percentage of the fees families pay to play in the Delta Baseball & Softball League are donated back to the school that the player attends. This year Delta is giving back over $2,750 to public, charter and private schools in Antioch, Pittsburg, Oakley, Brentwood, and Discovery Bay. Representatives from the three schools with the greatest number of players in the Delta Baseball & Softball League – Diablo Vista Elementary School, Holy Rosary Catholic School and Cornerstone Christian School – have been invited to the League’s Opening Day at Freedom High School on March 23, 2013 as honored guests. The league will present checks to each of the represented schools as a part of their opening day ceremony.
The Delta Baseball and Softball League, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was founded in 1984 as the Delta Peanut League by a group of like-minded parents seeking an alternative to the high pressure, high intensity youth sports leagues available at the time. Though originally serving only 6-8 year old “peanuts”, the league has grown over the past 30 years to include children from age 4 to 13, and today has both non-competitive divisions carrying on the legacy and vision of the league founders, and competitive divisions playing under banner of Cal Ripken Baseball and Babe Ruth Softball.
In 2007 the league added a division for differently-abled children, the CHAMP division (formerly FREEDOM division) where physically or mentally challenged children learn and play baseball free of charge alongside all of the other children in the league.
The league’s mission statement is to “strive to provide a positive and instructional baseball and softball league for children where the focus is on participation, fundamentals and enjoyment of the game; all in a safe environment where everyone is treated fairly.” League President Jarrod Wiener says these core fundamentals apply to all league divisions, baseball and softball, competitive, non-competitive and CHAMP.
To find out more about the Delta Baseball & Softball League please visit them at www.deltabaseballleague.com or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DeltaBaseballandSoftballLeague.