Volunteer help needed at Fast Pitch Championships

By Jamie Harkins

July 7, 2017 11:33 AM

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You cannot love Canada too much.
With the exception of five, sometimes six or, please no, seven months of winter, where else would someone want to live?
Happy 150 Canada!
Sorry, that’s a bit belated considering when this is coming to print, but it’s the thought that counts.
If it’s any consolation, I am writing this on Canada Day.
Working on holidays or scheduled time off is what all of us do to make this country so great.
The wealth in terms of love and support we enjoy comes through the hard work of our solid corps of volunteers who are continually dedicating countless hours to coaching minor sports teams, providing needed maintenance work on local diamonds or fields, and ferrying family and friends to games across the prairies.
The vast majority of these people will never see their name in print on the pages of this newspaper, and in all likelihood, on any other platform as well, but the hope is they know how much we appreciate them.
While covering a recent story for the Source, I was told there are close to 3,000 volunteers helping the Lloydminster Minor Hockey Association run its day-to-day activities during the season.
This would include many coaches, assistants and managers, who put in countless hours training the kids to become better players and people, but the response you’ll get if you ask why they do it is ‘it’s never a bad day at the rink.’
The Lloydminster under-18 Liners need your help now.
A call is out for anyone who can volunteer for the 2017 U18 Women’s Canadian Fast Pitch Championships, that will be hosted by the Liners at Legion Park from July 31 to Aug. 6.
Your help is needed with gate admissions, diamond maintenance, scorekeeping, announcing, concessions, 50/50 sales, set up, tear down and beer garden services.
People can volunteer through the Softball Canada website under the U18 Women’s Canadian Fast Pitch Championships link, or though the Lloydminster Amateur Softball Association’s website.
The fast pitch championships will include 19 teams from across Canada, as well as the host Liners vying for the chance to capture a national title.
It’s expected visitors from across the country, including many family and friends of the players involved in the tournament, will also be heading to Lloydminster to take in the competition.
Volunteering to help make the tournament a success probably won’t score any rewards other than knowing you did a good deed, but isn’t that just what makes us Canadians anyway.
Remember, it’s never a bad day at the ball park.

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