Players will do SA proud

2017-08-22 06:00

A Kensington-based NGO has donated R42 000 to the national youth baseball team to compete overseas.

The money will help the team of 23 players pay for their travel and equipment for the World Baseball Softball Confederation’s u.18 world cup in Canada. It was raised during a charity golf day, helped by Play Sport 4 Life (PS4L). The national team, which includes many WP players, will meet up in Johannesburg on Friday and depart for Canada on Tuesday 29 August. Amongst their competitors at the world cup will be the United States, Japan, Cuba and Mexico.

One of the 11 WP players, Ivan Pienaar, says they are happy they managed to draw the support of organisations like PS4L. He says he and his team mates have worked hard to get into the national team and they take the opportunity seriously.

“We train three times a week as a team and again three times as individuals. It is not easy but we always give it the best. We hope we will do well and put our team and WP on the map.”

PS4L head Miles October says the golf day was a response to the boys’ hour of need and an effort to make their dreams become reality. “The sad fact is that for many sport codes, there is very little, if any, funding. The minor codes like baseball and softball are often left to raise their own funds. For most of the boys this is an opportunity of a lifetime, but to raise the R30 000 each boy needs is a hard ask for most of them,” he says.

“We have 10 boys in the squad who come from the disadvantaged Cape Flats communities. This world cup in Thunder Bay, Ontario is the dream of a lifetime for them. Not only are they up against it financially, they are also facing a tough challenge in the competition, but they will do our baseball community and South Africa proud.”

October says he is grateful for the charity day sponsors Kendal Mica Hardware, Streamline Agencies, Stellenbrau Breweries and the Rondebosch Golf Club. He appeals to businesspeople and anyone who can still financially support the team, to contact them.V For more information on the team call 021 461 4436.

A Kensington-based NGO has donated R42 000 to the national youth baseball team to compete overseas.

The money will help the team of 23 players pay for their travel and equipment for the World Baseball Softball Confederation’s u.18 world cup in Canada. It was raised during a charity golf day, helped by Play Sport 4 Life (PS4L). The national team, which includes many WP players, will meet up in Johannesburg on Friday and depart for Canada on Tuesday 29 August. Amongst their competitors at the world cup will be the United States, Japan, Cuba and Mexico.

One of the 11 WP players, Ivan Pienaar, says they are happy they managed to draw the support of organisations like PS4L. He says he and his team mates have worked hard to get into the national team and they take the opportunity seriously.

“We train three times a week as a team and again three times as individuals. It is not easy but we always give it the best. We hope we will do well and put our team and WP on the map.”

PS4L head Miles October says the golf day was a response to the boys’ hour of need and an effort to make their dreams become reality. “The sad fact is that for many sport codes, there is very little, if any, funding. The minor codes like baseball and softball are often left to raise their own funds. For most of the boys this is an opportunity of a lifetime, but to raise the R30 000 each boy needs is a hard ask for most of them,” he says.

“We have 10 boys in the squad who come from the disadvantaged Cape Flats communities. This world cup in Thunder Bay, Ontario is the dream of a lifetime for them. Not only are they up against it financially, they are also facing a tough challenge in the competition, but they will do our baseball community and South Africa proud.”

October says he is grateful for the charity day sponsors Kendal Mica Hardware, Streamline Agencies, Stellenbrau Breweries and the Rondebosch Golf Club. He appeals to businesspeople and anyone who can still financially support the team, to contact them.V For more information on the team call 021 461 4436.

A Kensington-based NGO has donated R42 000 to the national youth baseball team to compete overseas.

The money will help the team of 23 players pay for their travel and equipment for the World Baseball Softball Confederation’s u.18 world cup in Canada. It was raised during a charity golf day, helped by Play Sport 4 Life (PS4L). The national team, which includes many WP players, will meet up in Johannesburg on Friday and depart for Canada on Tuesday 29 August.

Amongst their competitors at the world cup will be the United States, Japan, Cuba and Mexico.

One of the 11 WP players, Ivan Pienaar, says they are happy they managed to draw the support of organisations like PS4L. He says he and his team mates have worked hard to get into the national team and they take the opportunity seriously.

“We train three times a week as a team and again three times as individuals. It is not easy but we always give it the best. We hope we will do well and put our team and WP on the map.”

PS4L head Miles October says the golf day was a response to the boys’ hour of need and an effort to make their dreams become reality. “The sad fact is that for many sport codes, there is very little, if any, funding. The minor codes like baseball and softball are often left to raise their own funds. For most of the boys this is an opportunity of a lifetime, but to raise the R30 000 each boy needs is a hard ask for most of them.

“We have 10 boys in the squad who come from the disadvantaged Cape Flats communities. This world cup in Thunder Bay, Ontario is the dream of a lifetime for them. Not only are they up against it financially, they are also facing a tough challenge in the competition, but they will do our baseball community and South Africa proud.”

October says he is grateful for the charity day sponsors Kendal Mica Hardware, Streamline Agencies, Stellenbrau Breweries and the Rondebosch Golf Club. He appeals to businesspeople and anyone who can still financially support the team, to contact them.V For more information on the team call 021 461 4436.

A Kensington-based NGO has donated R42 000 to the national youth baseball team to compete overseas.

The money will help the team of 23 players pay for their travel and equipment for the World Baseball Softball Confederation’s u.18 world cup in Canada. It was raised during a charity golf day, helped by Play Sport 4 Life (PS4L). The national team, which includes many WP players, will meet up in Johannesburg on Friday and depart for Canada on Tuesday 29 August.

Amongst their competitors at the world cup will be the United States, Japan, Cuba and Mexico.

One of the 11 WP players, Ivan Pienaar, says they are happy they managed to draw the support of organisations like PS4L. He says he and his team mates have worked hard to get into the national team and they take the opportunity seriously.

“We train three times a week as a team and again three times as individuals. It is not easy but we always give it the best. We hope we will do well and put our team and WP on the map.”

PS4L head Miles October says the golf day was a response to the boys’ hour of need and an effort to make their dreams become reality. “The sad fact is that for many sport codes, there is very little, if any, funding. The minor codes like baseball and softball are often left to raise their own funds. For most of the boys this is an opportunity of a lifetime, but to raise the R30 000 each boy needs is a hard ask for most of them,” he says.

“We have 10 boys in the squad who come from the disadvantaged Cape Flats communities.

“This world cup in Thunder Bay, Ontario is the dream of a lifetime for them. Not only are they up against it financially, they are also facing a tough challenge in the competition, but they will do our baseball community and South Africa proud.”

October says he is grateful for the charity day sponsors Kendal Mica Hardware, Streamline Agencies, Stellenbrau Breweries and the Rondebosch Golf Club. He appeals to businesspeople and anyone who can still financially support the team, to contact them.V For more information on the team call 021 461 4436.

A Kensington-based NGO has donated R42 000 to the national youth baseball team to compete overseas.

The money will help the team of 23 players pay for their travel and equipment for the World Baseball Softball Confederation’s u.18 world cup in Canada. It was raised during a charity golf day, helped by Play Sport 4 Life (PS4L). The national team, which includes many WP players, will meet up in Johannesburg on Friday and depart for Canada on Tuesday 29 August.

Amongst their competitors at the world cup will be the United States, Japan, Cuba and Mexico.

One of the 11 WP players, Ivan Pienaar, says they are happy they managed to draw the support of organisations like PS4L. He says he and his team mates have worked hard to get into the national team and they take the opportunity seriously.

“We train three times a week as a team and again three times as individuals. It is not easy but we always give it the best. We hope we will do well and put our team and WP on the map.”

PS4L head Miles October says the golf day was a response to the boys’ hour of need and an effort to make their dreams become reality. “The sad fact is that for many sport codes, there is very little, if any, funding. The minor codes like baseball and softball are often left to raise their own funds. For most of the boys this is an opportunity of a lifetime, but to raise the R30 000 each boy needs is a hard ask for most of them,” he says.

“We have 10 boys in the squad who come from the disadvantaged Cape Flats communities.

“This world cup in Thunder Bay, Ontario is the dream of a lifetime for them. Not only are they up against it financially, they are also facing a tough challenge in the competition, but they will do our baseball community and South Africa proud.”

October says he is grateful for the charity day sponsors Kendal Mica Hardware, Streamline Agencies, Stellenbrau Breweries and the Rondebosch Golf Club. He appeals to businesspeople and anyone who can still financially support the team, to contact them.V For more information on the team call 021 461 4436.

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