A donation for youth baseball gloves received an extra donation on March 20 in Elyria.
Tea South Tee Ball Youth Baseball League will offer a month of coaching in baseball basic skills starting in May.
The South Tee Ball Club asked residents to bring youth gloves to the pavilion at Thomas O. Shores South Recreational Center, 101 South Park Drive.
“I’m just trying to give back to society what was once given to me,” said league organizer Aric Bowens.
Tea Elyria-based non-profit organization Our FAMILY showed up with a $ 1,000 check to support the program.
OUR FAMILY is an abbreviation for Fathers and Mothers Involved in Local Youth. The Taylor family started it in 1996 and was incorporated in 2007 to offer spiritual and educational uplifting programs for children who have problems with poverty, troubled homes or abuse.
“We want to get behind the vision,” said Bobby Taylor, whose parents, Bobby Sr. and Emma Jean Taylor, started the organization. The three came out to the park for the donation trip, and the younger Taylor said that the family has supported youth baseball for years.
Bowens said he did not expect a donation of that size.
“It was a blessing,” he said.
“I had no idea,” Bowens added. Taylors have become pillars in society on Elyria’s south side, and provide opportunities for young people, he said.
The league will be sponsored by Elyria YWCA.
A registration day will be April 10 at the Recreation Center, with Lake Erie Crushers mascot Stomper as a guest.
The cost is $ 20 per player, with scholarships available for the first 30.
The league is open to boys and girls aged 4 to 7. Each player receives a free glove.
“We’re trying to make it a reasonable option to get involved in baseball,” said Ethan West, who will serve as a volunteer coach with Isaac Johnson. Bowen’s son, D’aunte, and coach Brian Ruggles will also help with the league.
The league will play at the recreation center baseball diamond.
For more information call 440-458-1538.
The organizers also thanked Elyria City Schools and Superintendent Ann Schloss for supporting the program.