Today’s Editorial March 06: Support Little League Saturday

We all have a chance to help the young people of the Cayman Islands realise their field of dreams this weekend.

The Little League fundraiser auction will be held Saturday.

The annual event is always an important one for the Little League Association, but it may be more so this year because of issues facing the group.

The well used and much loved Field of Dreams, which is near George Hicks School, still isn’t paid off and it’s in need of some attention.

Some of the artificial surface needs to be replaced and there is still eight acres of land to be developed.

Too, the lighting system is costly, but worth it.

The lights not only allow children to play in the cooler part of the day, they also allow the facility to be open longer, increasing its usage.

The Field of Dreams has become much more than just a place for youngsters to practice and play ball.

Today the Field of Dreams is a multi-million dollar facility used by schools, women’s fast-pitch softball, adult recreational leagues, baseball and even a White Sox camp.

On Saturday the Cayman Islands Little League will hold its annual auction at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort.

There, bidders will be able to find novelties such as a Bruce Springsteen signed guitar, tickets to a Springsteen concert next month, a 2008 Volkswagen GTI, a log cabin vacation and a jersey signed by the 2002 England World Cup football team.

Turning out Saturday to support CILL is just one way to help the association.

CILL is always looking for good coaches, which don’t necessarily have to be parents of the kids playing ball.

And volunteers are always needed to help with umpiring, concessions, field maintenance, public relations, game reports, fundraising, equipment inventory and ordering.

Team parents are also needed as are corporate sponsorships.

The Little League programme is so vital to the Cayman Islands and our youth.

Little League is about more than the physical activity of playing ball.

It also teaches our youngsters life lessons such as how to deal with failure and that hard work and discipline result in more success and fun.

Youngsters also learn selflessness in working toward team goals and to not concern themselves with things over which they have no control.

Those lessons will help our young people as they grow older, pursue higher education and eventually enter the workforce.

If you can get out and support the Cayman Islands Little League this Saturday, please do so.

And if you find you’ve got some time on your hands to volunteer, let them know.

You can call 947-1572 or email [email protected] to learn more about CILL and how you can pitch in.

CILL is always looking for good coaches, which don’t necessarily have to be parents of the kids playing ball.

And volunteers are always in need to help with umpiring, concessions, field maintenance, public relations, game reports, fundraising, equipment inventory and ordering.