Everett Club Hosts Baseball Camp and Pro Day

BGCSC Everett Baseball Camp Group Photo 011915 Photo Credit Ed GayThe Everett Boys & Girls Club hosted a Baseball Camp and Pro Day on Monday, January 19 at the Club’s Gaffney Field. 180 kids from Snohomish County participated, drawing from many of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County’s (BGCSC) 19 Clubs, as well as youth from the Seattle Tides and Stilly Valley Little League. During the camp, participants had the opportunity to run through a series of nine stations that included hitting, pitching, speed/agility and defense. Each station was led by professional baseball players and volunteers; the adults mentored the youth on Healthy Life Choices, including the importance of getting good grades, believing in oneself, being confident and good sportsmanship. At the conclusion of the event, participants left with giveaways including MLBPA trading cards, signed bats and balls from the local pro players.

Local Boys & Girls Club alum and pro ball player Travis Snider coordinated the event and recruited fellow players to volunteer. This is the first major BGCSC event to take place at Gaffney Field since the groundbreaking for the updated field took place on October 2, 2014. The field now includes astroturf, a new scoreboard, fencing, dugouts, and seating. The renovations were made through partnership with Everett Community College, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and Snohomish County Parks and Recreation. The Everett Community College women’s softball team uses the Club field.

“What an amazing gift these guys are giving to these kids,” commented Mike McGinnis, Everett Club Director. “Many of these pro ball players helping today were Club members themselves and it is inspiring to see them giving back in this way.”

Professional baseball players and other key people who volunteered at the camp include:

Travis Snider (Pittsburgh Pirates MLB–OF, Jackson High School); Brent Lilibridge (7 Year MLB veteran–INF/OF, Jackson High School [Free Agent]); Steven Souza (Tampa Bay Rays MLB–OF, Cascade High School); James Robbins (Detroit Tigers MILB–1B, Shorecrest High School); Geoff Brown (LA Dodgers MILB–LHP, Jackson High School); Pierce Rankin (Toronto Blue Jays MILB–C, Shorecrest High School); Kawika Emsley-Pai (Pittsburgh Pirates MILB–C, Jackson High School); Mitch Canham (8 Year MILB Veteran–C, Lake Stevens High School [Free Agent]); Josh Kimborowicz (Tampa Bay Rays MILB–RHP, Jackson/Mt. Si High School); Blake Snell (Tampa Bay Rays MILB–RHP, Shorewood High School); Connor Oliver (Atlanta Braves MILB–OF, Lives locally and trains at Northcore); Kirk Nieuwenhuis (New York Mets MLB–OF, Lives locally and trains at Northcore); Dylan Davis (San Francisco Giants–OF/DH, Redmond High School); Matt Boyd (Cincinnati Reds–P, Mercer Island); Jeff Millet (Northcore Performance Training, Strength and Conditioning Coach for Professional and High School Athletes, Personal Trainer); Kirk Nicholson (Jackson High School Head Baseball Coach); Denne Snider (Father of Travis Snider and former Everett Boys & Girls Club Coach and Mill Creek Little League President); Curt Nelson (EVCC Assistant Baseball Coach).

The Everett Clinic Foundation Feeds Kids throughout the County

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County (BGCSC) received a $20,000 grant from The Everett Clinic Foundation to execute the Kids Café program across the county. Through Kids Café, the Clubs provide healthy, filling, hot snacks and meals to kids after school. Many of the kids who participate in Kids Café would not have an afternoon snack or dinner without the Clubs. With the assistance of The Everett Clinic Foundation, BGCSC anticipates serving nearly 413,000 snacks and meals to hungry kids across the county this year.

EverTrust and BGCSC Feed Kids in Everett

The EverTrust Foundation awarded the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County (BGCSC) a $25,000 grant to execute both the Kids Café and Healthy Habits Programs in four Clubs in the City of Everett. Through Kids Café, Club youth receive hot snacks and meals daily. The Everett Club provides dinner daily, the Trailside Club provides dinner twice weekly, the South Everett/Mukilteo Club provides breakfast daily, and the Cascade Club provides a heavy, hot snack daily; together the Clubs will provide meals and snacks to 620 youth in 2015.

Healthy Habits is an eight week program in which kids participate in experiential nutrition education. The program relies upon Boys & Girls Clubs of America nutrition education curricula as well as the USDA’s “Serving up MyPlate: A Yummy Curriculum.” Participating youth experience increased knowledge, evidenced by improved results of a pre- and post-test. Together BGCSC and EverTrust are improving the lives of families in Snohomish County.

Nysether Family Foundation Awards $10,000 Grant

The Nysether Family Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County. Specifically, the grant will fund Teen Nights throughout Snohomish County, working toward the Nysether Family Foundation’s mission to enrich and support positive change in our community.

Teen Nights are offered Friday or Saturday nights at most Clubs and offer a variety of social and recreational activities for young people to enjoy. Clubs vary the activities offered to encourage teens to attend, and Club staff plan events with teens to improve the experience for youth. In addition to offering a safe, positive place for teens to socialize, Teen Nights also allow Club staff to engage youth and develop bonds that often encourage teens to come to the Club during the critical afterschool time.

BGCSC, and teens throughout Snohomish County, appreciate the Nysether Family Foundation’s funding of Teen Nights.