Badges for Baseball Coming to Everett

Badges for Baseball

200 kids have signed up for this year's inagural event at Kasch Park

The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, Everett Police Department and the Snohomish County Boys and Girls Clubs are bringing Badges for Baseball to Everett’s Kasch Park August 9th – 12th. 200 boys and girls aged 8 – 14 have signed up to play baseball, softball and learn some important life lessons. Several current and former baseball coaches have also agreed to help. According to Edward Gay, Facilities Administrator for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Snohomish County, the majority of the kids in this year’s program are from the Casino Road area of South Everett. They have to pay a $20.00 fee to attend but will each receive breakfast and lunch every day, (courtesy of the Mukilteo School District), as well as a baseball glove, hat and shirt. Community donations provided scholarships for many of the kids to attend. Gay is the point person for the Snohomish County Boys and Girls Clubs for Badges for Baseball, while Officer Mark Carter is spearheading the effort on the part of the Everett Police Department. Gay is a former baseball coach, Carter a former catcher and both began looking into the program more than 18 months ago. Some police officers are taking vacation that week to teach both baseball skills and the Healty Choices, Healthy Children portion of the program. Officer Carter tells me that its another way for police to work with kids in Everett and to connect with them thru baseball. Sign ups for this year’s program are full but the Everett Police Officers and Snohomish County Boys and Girls Clubs will evaluate this first year of the program and may expand it to include more kids and even more locations next year.
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