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Partnering for success: Chevy Youth Baseball program helps local leagues meet goals

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. Below, the Iron Birds of Snoqualmie Valley Little League’s Babes Division bond in the dugout. - Seth Truscott/Staff Photo
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. Below, the Iron Birds of Snoqualmie Valley Little League’s Babes Division bond in the dugout.
— image credit: Seth Truscott/Staff Photo

Chaplin’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

• Learn more about Falls Little League at www.fallsll.org.

Courtesy photo

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.

Above. the Blue T-Devils, from SVLL’s T-Ball Division, coached by Rupp Cunningham.

 

 

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