Saranac Youth League is a growing volunteer organization here in Saranac. We organize all youth Baseball / Softball games in town for kindergarten thru 8th grade. And our numbers are growing! In 2016 there were 274 players between 26 teams. By 2019 that had grown to 307 players between 28 teams!
I am writing this letter to outline a very big need we have. Our 7th/8th grade teams currently don’t have a field to play on at our facility (Scheid Park). They currently have to find time at the High school fields which are not the correct size for them, or travel to Ionia to play on rented fields they have for us. All games they play during the season are away games, as they have no home field.
Currently we don’t have the funds to put the field in. We are asking for your donation of any amount, to help us with the huge cost of adding a field for the kids to play on. The village gave us a timetable of when they will have additinal parking and new bathrooms installed. We will need to be ready to have the field Put in by the spring of 2021.
Our organization will need to raise approximately $45,000 dollars in 2020/2021 to make that happen. We received estimates for fencing, diamond dust, grading, 2 sets of bases, grass, clay, and 2 new dugouts. It is very expensive to add a field!
We were planning on fundraising throughout the 2020 season, but then COVID happened. We had to cancel the season and refund every bodies money! We still need to raise the funds for the field and are hoping that this letter helps that effort as we can’t do anything at the fields, or through the players! Saranac Youth league would like to thank you in advance for your help in reaching our goal of getting these kids a field to play on, that is actually in the village they play for!
We will be gathering donations over the entire 2020/2021 years so that we can have everything set and ready to go for the spring of 2021. If you have any questions or would just like more information on this project please feel free to contact us and we will do our best to answer them all.