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Chevy Y uth Baseball Sponsored by
North Bend Chevrolet
Basics of the game Little League helps young players learn the game Roy Baunsgard sees the looks of pride in the young players faces when they sport their first real baseball jerseys. “There’s an element of cool,” says this baseball dad, whose two boys, ages 7 and 10, play youth ball in the Valley. “They wear them around town, at school.” Baunsgard, fundraising director for the Snoqualmie Valley Little League, said the youth league made it a point this year to provide new jerseys for the “farm league,” SVLL’s youngest players, ages 4 to 7. With help from Valley sponsors that included a $500 donation from Chaplins North Bend Chevrolet, they traded in their three-quarterssleeve shirts for the real deal. Those shirts are a big deal. “We wanted to make the kids feel
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Leesa McKay of Chaplins North Bend Chevrolet hands a big donation to Roy Baunsgard, fundraising officer for Snoqualmie Valley Little League, in July. The North Bend dealership partners with two local Little Leagues each year. like they really belong to something,” Baunsgard said. “Kids buy into your program. They get something that they get to wear and be proud of. It builds a foundation for the future.” The $500 donation was part of Chaplins’ effort to support local athletics through Chevy Youth Baseball.
“It doesn’t happen without sponsors,” Baunsgard said. The jersey campaign was just one facet of the youth league that promotes the traditions, excitement and lessons of baseball for Valley youth. Youth baseball gives children “an opportunity to be in a team
environment, to play with other kids,” Baunsgard said. In Little League, kids learn work ethic, how to be part of a group. There can be tears and smiles. “Sometimes you’re going to win, sometimes you lose,” he said. “You’ve got to learn how to deal with both.”
Above, the Iron Birds of Snoqualmie Valley Little League’s Babes Division bond in the dugout. Below, the Blue T-Devils, from SVLL’s T-Ball Division, coached by Rupp Cunningham.
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Chevy Y uth Baseball Sponsored by
North Bend Chevrolet
Partnering for success Chevy Youth Baseball program helps local leagues meet goals
haplin’s North Bend Chevrolet has partnered with Falls Little League and Snoqualmie Valley Little League for the past three summers, providing new equipment, instructional clinics, a monetary donation and an opportunity to raise money through a Chevrolet vehicle sweepstakes. “Baseball is the anchor to every community,” said Leesa McKay, Chaplins’ in-house marketing administrator and outside saleswoman. “No matter how small a town is, it has Little League. We see all those kids out there playing, but I don’t think we all realize actually what it takes to get those kids to play — I know I didn’t.” “There is nothing more American than Chevrolet and baseball and Chaplin’s North Bend Chevrolet wants to combine America’s favorite brand and favorite pastime together for our families in North Bend to enjoy,” added McKay. The donation program is Chevrolet’s way of honoring America’s everyday heroes. In leagues across the country, the program has raised more than $13 million and affected nearly three million youth, assisting in
more than 2,000 parks improvements. Since the program began seven years ago, more than 1,600 Chevrolet dealers have gotten involved. Both Valley leagues receive $500 checks from Chaplin’s through the program, and teams also receive equipment bags, baseball buckets, whiffle balls, hitting net, batting tees and Chevrolet Youth Baseball T-shirts. The sponsorship also includes youth clinics featuring former major and minor league players and coaches. The Falls league chose to raise additional funds through a Chevrolet Youth Baseball ticket fundraiser. Sponsored leagues get 2,000 fund-raiser entry tickets to distribute for a suggested donation, and each league will keep 100 percent of the proceeds it raises. In addition to its commitment to youth baseball, Chevrolet also is the Official Vehicle of Major League Baseball™. “Chevrolet vehicles are designed and built for families,” said McKay. For more information about Chevrolet Youth Baseball, visit www.youthsportswired.com • You can learn more about Snoqualmie Valley Little League at www.svll.net/board. • Learn more about Falls Little League at www.fallsll.org.
Youth soccer fundraiser coming soon
Above, the Pink Panthers from SVLL’s Sluggers Division smile on the field. Below, the Coast Division “Mariners,” coached by Tom Phillips, attend a Seattle M’s game.
Chaplin’s North Bend Chevrolet hopes to help Snoqualmie Valley Youth Soccer Association score. In the spirit of teamwork taught by youth sports, Chaplin’s is teaming up with Snoqualmie Valley Youth Soccer Association to provide their players and coaches a fundraising opportunity and equipment this fall. The Chevy Youth Soccer program is similar to the youth baseball program, but helps area leagues. “We are proud to be able to help the kids in our community by donating equipment and giving them the opportunity to raise much-needed funds for their league. We are excited to be part of the effort this year, and anticipate a fun-filled season with Snoqualmie Valley Youth Soccer Association” said Leesa McKay of Chaplin’s Chevrolet. For more information , visit www.YouthSportsWired.com.
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