What it is
Kelly Nichols contacted me today about a great program endorsed by one of my all time favorites! Tino Marinez and sponsored by Briggs and Stratton. The premise of the Briggs and Stratton Diamonds in the Rough Contest is to make sure every kid has a top notch facility to play ball on. This is obviously a very worthy cause that I am happy to support!
Their site describes the contest like this:
“Kids face challenges everywhere. At school, at home, from friends and even teammates. To overcome
these challenges, they need the tools and support to build confidence and make good decisions. Playing
baseball helps kids build the determination and leadership needed to get things done and allows them to
realize what they’re made of. We call this The Power Within.”
How it Works
It is very simple. They are requesting that kids ages 7-14 answer the following simple questions:
- How has playing baseball given you The Power Within to overcome a challenge on or off the field?
- What was the challenge?
- How would you use the money to help your baseball team?
The questions can be answered in the following ways:
- Up to a 300-word written response
- Video no longer than two minutes
- Photo collage no larger than 11” by 17”
Why Wouldn’t You Submit?
I have to wonder why anyone wouldn’t submit to this contest. It is so easy! Only 300 words or a two minute video?
When it is Due
The entry phase is only open until March 23rd, so hurry!
I support just about anything that is good for the kids. Most leagues struggle to buy equipment, much less maintain facilities. This is a great opportunity to make capital improvements to their facilities. Please make sure to enter the contest and good luck! I will post the winners when Kelly gets them to me.
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Dedicated to Sportsmanship
Yes, this site is dedicated to teaching good sportsmanship and leadership skills, but we all know we need structure in our lives! I think I may have a little too much structure, but serving on our Board of Directors is how I provide the structure that the kids need to play ball.
You would think you just show up for a game and bring your glove right? Wrong! Being on the Board is a full time job! That full time job involves a lot of time that I have to invest and take away from the things I love.
Day in the Life
Here was my day:
1. Work all day long on my day job
2. Haul butt home from work
3. Wolf down a pork chop and mac & cheese
4. Out the door to combined pitching practices
5. Straight from practice to a board meeting
6. After the board meeting spend 2 hours figuring out that the new software we bought to control the entry locks to the snack bar won’t work w/o a new USB adapter cable
7. Home around 11PM
8. School work for about 2 hours
9. Answer hundreds of emails
10. Write this post!
With the season starting, things should slow down a bit, but not much I am sure! Anyway, that is the true life of a Little League Coach and parent.
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