Little League plans big day

Last year's event had an excellent turnout.

Little League’s annual fundraiser on Saturday will offer games and activities for kids, ballpark concessions and a raffle.

The event, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Field of Dreams, marks the end of the season that began in February.

The games, along with an awards ceremony and picnic, conclude at 5:30 p.m. The raffle draw is at 6 p.m.

“We have kids from age four to 17 playing baseball and softball games all day in different divisions. It’s the final day of a season and it is wonderful to see how much the kids have learned and improved,” said Latoya McField, program and facilities managing director for the Cayman Islands Little League Association.

While the games are fun, they are still competitive, and top players from each team are recognized at presentation ceremonies at the end of each division’s set of games. Most improved player and the individual who has displayed the best sportsmanship throughout the season will also be given awards. Trophies are awarded to the top team in each division.

Little Leaguers pose for a picture at the 2015 fundraiser.
Little Leaguers pose for a picture at the 2015 fundraiser.

Tickets for the raffle are $10 and are available from volunteers at supermarkets throughout the week right up until the day of the raffle. The raffle grand prize is $10,000; second prize is $5,000; third prize is $1,500 and five other prizes of $100 are up for grabs. There are also prizes available for the raffle ticket sellers, with $500 going to the seller of the grand prize winning ticket and $500 to the person selling the most tickets. There are also six random drawings of $50 each for those who turn in sold books early.

Proceeds from the event will go toward upkeep of the Little League facilities, enhancing the programs they offer and ensuring they remain free to all children.

“Public support at this important fundraiser helps Little League continue to provide the largest free sports program in the country, benefitting hundreds of children,” said McField.

For more information, call 916-5643 or email [email protected]