Close to 60 children enjoyed playing softball and T-ball in Howick this summer under the guidance of head coach Faye Craig and organizer Robyn Irving.
“This softball league has been allowing children to enjoy this summer activity since most of the parent volunteers were children themselves,” says Irving, noting Craig has been coaching for over 30 years.
Three groups were established this past season, including T-ball for ages 3-6 coached by Amanda Raithby and parent volunteers, and softball for players between the ages of 6 and 8 led by head coach Jamie Townsend. A third group of children aged 9 and older was coached by Ashley Craig. “Year after year, parents have been recruited to assist the coaches to keep this activity going,” says Irving, noting the assistance of the Howick and Très-Saint-Sacrement municipalities allows the league to offer softball and T-ball “at an affordable price to promote keeping children active and outside enjoying team sports.”
Weekly practices took place during the summer and culminated with an end-of-season party put on by the Howick Sports Association in collaboration with Très-Saint-Sacrement. The players each received a medal and enjoyed a “foam party” and other treats. Irving says she is grateful to the parent coaches and volunteers and is already looking forward to next summer. (SR)