Weekly we celebrate the efforts from our volunteers in the slo-pitch communities across Canada with our new program – Pitch In! Each week we will endeavor to feature the amazing people across Canada who have rolled up their sleeves and served their local causes.
Good deeds need to be recognized and celebrated and we hope to achieve this through our Pitch In program. If you have content for us to consider, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We know there are amazing stories out there in all of the communities across our country. Let’s come together and focus on these positive contributions in the weeks to come!
Power 97 Swing for the Kids, Winnipeg, Manitoba
In June of 2019, SPN MB joined forces with FM Rock station, Power 97 to start a new event that would raise funds for a local charity geared towards sick children. Power 97 Swing for the Kids tournament was started and in its 1st year raised 6200.00, which was donated to Cancer Care Manitoba for the charity, PROFYLE. This charity supports sick children who have been treated for cancer. We hosted the event at the Little Mountain Sportsplex and had 20 teams enter the 1st year. Each year we will pick a different local children’s charity that we can support and help make a difference. Thank you to all of the players, umpires, sponsors and everyone who donated to make this event a huge success.
Kelowna Bats for a Cause tournament!
Bats For A Cause tournament is hosted in Kelowna, BC in late July. In 2019 Bats for a Cause raised an outstanding $120,412 for BC's kids. Since its inception in 2009, individuals, teams, corporations, sponsors and many volunteers have helped raise over $758,649 in support of BC Children’s Hospital. Thank you to everyone who has helped make this event a continued success over the past 11 years. Tournament Fundraising History:
2019 - 27 teams raised $120,412
2018 - 28 teams raised $141,237
2017 - 26 teams raised $103,673
2016 - 22 teams raised $85,062
2015 - 22 teams raised $84,516
2014 - 17 teams raised $50,468
2013 - 14 teams raised $47,811
2012 - 12 teams raised $35,760
2011 - 15 teams raised $41,048
2010 - 16 teams raised $31,460
2009 - 12 teams raised $12,943
Due to the current circumstances, the 2020 Bats for a Cause tournament is on hold until further notice. Official communications will be going out in early June with an update on the event status. On behalf of the Bats for a Cause Committee, thank you for your understanding during this difficult time and we hope that everyone is staying safe. By washing your hands, staying inside and practicing social distancing, we will all get back to the ball park and to hear “play ball” sooner.
Donations can be made at bcchf.ca/batsforacause
Maple City Ladies Slo-Pitch – Chatham, Ontario
Maple City Ladies Slo-Pitch – Chatham, Ontario In 2018 the Ladies Divisions of Maple City Slo Pitch ran a charity tournament for Chatham Kent Hospice. Between the profits from tournament, teams donating back their monetary prices, and a raffle, the event raised just over $3,600In 2019, the ladies Diamond Division of Maple City Slo-Pitch selected Ronald McDonald house of London to donate our profits to. A number of the women within the League had used the services of the house so it was a unanimous choice. Just over $5,000 was donated.
Hittin’ for Hooters, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Hittin’ for Hooters, Winnipeg, Manitoba Hittin’ for Hooters Slo-Pitch Fundraiser was created in Honor of Charlie Chastelaine and all those who have been affected by breast cancer. Those who know Charlie, know what a beautiful soul she is. It’s her caring nature, kindness, understanding, generosity and passion for life that makes her unique. You will usually find her laughing, smiling, joking around and most likely making some weird face for photo ops! Charlie was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (breast cancer) on December 21, 2018. Since her diagnosis, she’s had surgery, completed chemotherapy in July, currently undergoing radiation and will continue Herceptin treatments until June 2020. She is making the best of her situation and is doing well with the love and support of her family and friends.
Originating from Thompson, MB, Charlie moved to Winnipeg in the fall of 2004 and immediately sought out local softball leagues to join. Spring of 2005, the slo-pitch community gained a Charlie. It soon became apparent that she had an extraordinary passion for the game and played on multiple teams throughout the summer. In 2007, she decided to throw her glove into managing a team, Charlie’s Angels, which is still around today. Charlie has also organized many other teams for league and tournament ball over the years, both co-ed and women’s. In 2012, Charlie became an SPN Umpire. She takes pride in being an umpire, and those who have had her diamond for games quickly see that not only does she take it seriously and is fair in her calls, she also has fun. In 2015, her passion and commitment to those of us who love softball was never more visible than when she began scheduling games at the Golf Dome, now called Dome Ball, so that we can keep loose over the winter months. Not only do we get to play all summer, we get to play all winter as well. So you see, a softball fundraiser makes perfect sense. It is no surprise that Charlie is loved by so many both off and on the ball fields. We appreciate everything she has done, she does and will do. We will do what we can to continue to make this fundraiser successful moving forward. This is our way of saying “thank you, we got your back and YOU GOT THIS!”
Octoberfest, St John’s – Newfoundland
The Octoberfest slo-pitch tournament, hosted in Mount, Pearl (St Johns,NL) was started in 1994 , by the Mount Pearl Humdingers Slo-Pitch Team! The event was sponsored by Black Horse Slo-Pitch and sanctioned by Slo-Pitch National. This first tournament started with 14 Teams and within a couple of years increased to 50 teams, with a waiting list of teams wanting to participate each year. Over the first 16 years, funds were raised and donated to the Newfoundland Heart and Stroke Association, and then transitioned to making donations to various causes including the Dr. H Bliss Murphy Cancer Clinic and to the Jacob Puddister Memorial Foundation in aid of mental health! The Octoberfest event has raised over $80,000 in the past 25 years . Congratulation to Jack Constantine and the entire Humdinger teams for their continuous efforts to put on a great event and support the local St John’s charities. Pictured Larry Puddister (Jacob Puddister Memorial Foundation) Jack Constantine SPN, Sarah Puddister (Jacob Puddister Memorial Foundation)