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League, church partner on youth baseball project

Monday, June 4, 2007

The Greencastle Youth Baseball League and Greencastle Christian Church are teaming up to build a restroom facility at the little league fields at Big Walnut Sports Park.

The concrete block facility will house a men's restroom, a women's restroom, and a mechanical room.

"Over the past several years league volunteers have worked relentlessly to improve the little league fields and amenities. The fields have been completely renovated, and volunteers built a batting cage and storage shed. Being able to add a restroom will really enhance our complex," said Diane Ummel, league secretary.

The Greencastle Little League is arranging for the sewer work and hook up, while Greencastle Christian Church is donating the building itself. The work on the building will be done almost entirely through volunteer labor. Work is estimated to be completed by the end of June. Dennis Campbell, league president said, "upon completion of the bathroom project our facility will be one of the nicest in Central Indiana, and without the help of Greencastle Christian Church we couldn't have accomplished the entire project this year."

The objective of the Greencastle Youth Baseball League is to firmly implant in the youth of the community the idea of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage, and reverence, so that they may be finer, stronger, happier youth, and grow to be healthy adults. These objectives will be achieved by providing supervised competitive baseball games. The supervisors and coaches bear in mind that the attainment of exceptional athletic skill or the winning of a game is secondary to the molding of future adults, which is of prime importance.

Close to 400 youth participate in the Greencastle League each year (including youth from North Putnam and Cloverdale), bringing family members and friends to weekly games, practices, and tournaments. It is estimated that more than 1,600 people visit the little league fields at least once each week during the baseball season. The League also hosts tournaments during the summer, which can draw 2,000 people or more in one weekend.

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