Plan for SC summer softball needs backing

As part of the on-going partnership between Oregon Health Sciences University/ Community Health and School District No. 9, the student nursing program has continued their work analyzing obesity in the lower grades.

One of the student nurses, Issa Sturm, has done the groundwork for a summer softball program for Shady Cove students. “The league is part of an effort to provide healthy physical activity for youth during the summer, and to combat adolescent boredom and inactivity,” said Sturm. The program will give boys and girls ages 10-15 something to do on Tuesdays and Thursdays when the Boys & Girls Club is not open.

David Abbott, executive director at Upper Rogue Community College, will be the contact person for the program. He can be reached at urccdirector@earthlink.net or at 541-878-2702.

Equipment needs include: (Sturm said the price noted is for all of the items, (ie. Softball $30 would be $2 each); five bats ($30), 15 softballs ($30), four helmets ($100); four bases ($20); catcher’s equipment including helmet with facer guard, chest guard and skin guards ($75). Sturm suggested Cascade Athletic as a source for these items. Also on the want list are embroidered baseball caps for 20 players, $4 each.     

And volunteers are badly needed, including a coach. Tentative times on Tuesday and Thursday are from 10-12n and from 4-6 p.m. Games will be played at the baseball diamond behind Shady Cove Middle School. Students and volunteers should contact Abbott or stop in at the Community Center to sign up and/or volunteer.

This promises to be a great summer project, but it definitely needs community support. Sturm said a volunteer/coach must be over 18, willing to commit to all practices and “games.” But a coach need not be long in experience. This will be intramural, no travel, just a Shady Cove project. Give Abbott a call at 541-878-2702 and help make this happen.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent

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