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Marysville Pilots collect gear for kids in Panama

 

Christopher Andersson

Players and coaches on the Marysville Pilots bring used baseball equipment to Play It Again Sports on March 9 as part of a donation drive to help kids in Panama.

The Marysville Pilots baseball club has been helping to collect used baseball equipment to send to children in Panama.

Jeff Davis, coach of the local baseball club, said the idea to collect used equipment started from his friend who regularly goes on missions to Panama.

"He would see the kids playing baseball there, but they didn't have any equipment," said Davis, and the kids there would be using improvised bats and balls instead of real baseball equipment.

"So he thought why not bring some used gear the next time he is going down," said Davis.

The idea was pitched to the owner of the Marysville Play It Again Sports, one of the sponsors of the team, who helped pitch the idea to Davis

"He got in contact with me and I thought that this is something that would be cool if we could do," said Davis.

Davis started the "Mitts for Panama" drive out of the idea, and his players and fellow coaches have been collecting used gear since then.

Players and coaches came out on March 9 to Play It Again Sports to put together all they had collected and gather it into one bundle to send down to Panama.

"I thought we had a pretty good turnout," said Davis. "A lot of people already had a lot of gear to bring out."

The team and coaches gathered bats, helmets and other baseball gear to send to Panama.

"We all came out to see what everyone had got in their collection," he said.

Davis said when he began the baseball club he hoped to do projects to support the community.

"When I started this baseball club the one thing I wanted to do, other than coach baseball, was to do something to support the community," he said.

"It's about teaching the kids that when you do good things, good things happen to you as well," he said.

The project also allows kids to be appreciative of the opportunities available to them.

"Every time my kids and I go to Play It Again Sports they're asking me for gear," he said. "A lot of kids don't have that opportunity."

Davis said that the project also helps his players learn how to support others.

"It's really good for team building," he said.

"There's a goal that they're reaching for. When doing a food drive or a baseball gear drive here, there's something they want to achieve," he said.

More information about the Marysville Pilots is available at their website at marysvillepilots.com.

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