Spring is here and the Oswego Little League baseball season is under way! The players are practicing on the many fields located near historic Fort Ontario.
Players are registered at all levels from T-Ball to A, AA, AAA, Majors, Junior/Seniors and a Challenger League for the physically and mentally challenged players in the County.
With games beginning in May, you will find teams on the fields most of the week.
Under the direction of Board President Tim Murphy and the many volunteers that make up the Board of Directors, Managers and Coaches; Oswego Little League will work with over 400 players that have already registered to participate in one of the above levels of baseball this spring and summer.
However, in today’s economy, for many children in the area, playing baseball is something that they want to be able to participate in but their families are unable to pay the registration fees. Some of these families have been participating in the Families and Schools Together (FAST) Program, which has collaborated with the Oswego Little League organization in an effort to provide several scholarships to those children that are in this situation.
FAST is a parent empowerment program that works with elementary students and their families within the Oswego City School District.
The program is based at Fitzhugh Park Elementary School but is open to students and families in any of the five elementary schools within the Oswego City School District. Families meet over a course of eight weeks and enjoy a meal together, participate in table based activities, participate in Kid’s Time with collaboration from the Oswego YMCA and Parent Group.
A graduation ceremony is held at the end of the eight week program with participating families inviting teachers, principals, friends and family members. Following graduation, FAST families can participate in monthly community based activities. All of this is free of charge.
A collaborative group of FAST Team Members was able to contact Oswego Little League President, Tim Murphy to request scholarships for several youth for this summer. All scholarships were approved, to the delight of these children. In addition, the League will work with parents who are able to pay the registration fees over time or who are willing to volunteer in working with a team, doing work on the fields or volunteer with the League in some other capacity.
This year, Oswego Little League gave out several scholarships for area youth to play baseball over the spring and summer months. Since the Leagues first season in 1956, they have been very involved in the Oswego community and 57 years later they continue to prove how they truly care about the needs of our local youth.
For more information regarding Oswego Little League please visit their website at www.oswegolittleleague.com. For more information on the FAST program, please contact Tammy Rodgers at 342-2370 or visit www.cocoaa.org
FAST is funded by NYS OASAS, NYS Children and Family Services, Stop DWI, United Way, Oswego City-County Youth Bureau and SDPP monies, and the Oswego City School District.