Scotiabank has sponsored 23 Little League uniforms for their 2013 spring season which began last week at the Field of Dreams.
The tiny players, all aged between 5-6, opened their season with a play off with Team Butterfield in Scotiabank in sponsored pants, shirts and caps.
Doug Cochrane, Country head of Scotiabank Cayman presented the team with their uniforms and a baseball-themed sponsorship cheque at an opening ceremony at The Field of Dreams, on opening day.
Scotiabank has been an official sponsor of the Cayman Islands Little League for over 20 years.
The bank’s sponsorship assists the Cayman Islands Little League Association in running the programme free of charge for the participating children in Grand Cayman.
Latoya McField , managing director at CILLA said the sponsorship not only allows the organisers to teach kids the fundamentals of baseball in a fun way, but they also learn early about team play and sportsmanship.
“They learn about the give and take of triumph and loss, through honest effort and at their stage this is important,” McField said.
“We believe that this positive reinforcement of discipline and respect is needed now more than ever, in these trying and difficult times.”
Scotiabank Country head, Doug Cochrane who is an ardent baseball fan and supporter of Little League said: “We believe that baseball is an excellent vehicle for us to use to connect with these children.
“They get to have fun, improve their motor skills and learn all about being part of a team, and the value that each of them brings to the team.
“Scotiabank has been strongly supporting youth sports in the region through netball, cricket, football, swimming and tennis. We believe that it’s a great way to impart social, leadership and life skills.
“In Cayman we are involved in supporting football, baseball, tennis and sailing for our youngsters.”
At the opening ceremony Scotiabank unveiled its Proud Sponsor of Little League branding for the Field of Dreams.
The cheque presenters of $3,000 were Scotiabank’s Sarai Soto, Raymond Tynski and Latoya McField who presented it to Jefferson Pouchie from the Cayman Islands Little League.
For the fall season the little leaguers participated in several fun and developmental programmes including a baseball camp for all the kids and coaches with the Chicago White Sox instructors, with whom they have been affiliated with for many years.
They have also recently closed their successful Fall Ball programme for kids aged 5-17 who wish to play year round.
The programme evaluates their skill levels in batting, catching and running and this is done every year before the season begins.
However, scores are not kept for the T-Ball Division as this is the introductory stage of the game of baseball, where the focus is on learning the basic rules of the game and having fun while learning.