Last week I highlighted Fort Dodge Softball and how they chipped in to better their community through service to others. I learned later that the Fort Dodge Baseball team also helped clean ditches the night before the storm then a few of the coaches on staff were hit hard once the storm came so players came to lend a hand and continued throughout the rest of the day to clean-up the town.

Our teams sometimes get so focused on winning we forget how easy it is for us to make a difference to others. Make it a focus to do at least one community service project that is schedule and as Fort Dodge is a great example of when it is unexpected as well.

I asked coaches to send ideas of what their programs do so that we can learn from each other. The response was great and I thank those that sent I ideas. I listed them below for your reference.

Service Projects:

Miracle League

Best Buddies

Christmas Party for Homeless Shelter

Clinic for disadvantaged Youth

Local Maintenance Projects

Equipment Drive

Garage Sale with Proceeds Going to Worthy Cause

Served Food at Holidays

Donations for Food Banks as Gate Fee to Games

Care Packages to Troops

Bake Sale, 50/50 Raffle and team goes to give the money raised

Plant Trees

Pack Meals for Hungry

Yard Work for Elderly in Town


Hope this gives you some new ideas or tweaks to current practices you already have established as traditions within your program.

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