Article by Durham College Athletics, photos courtesy of Al Fournier
The Blue Jays made a significant run in the playoffs. Minor baseball registrations are up. Canada has fallen back in love with America’s pastime.
In 2015, the Durham College baseball team finished in the final four of the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) while doing their part to grow the game internationally, having teamed up with Play Global!
Play Global, which was formed in 2012, teaches baseball to coaches and youth in developing countries and areas of conflict. They use baseball as a way to help kids see past their differences, respect others, and play as a team.
“It is really important for our guys to give back,” said Durham College head coach Sam Dempster. “With all of the challenges kids face in Uganda (poverty, malnutrition, malaria and AIDS), they still want to play baseball. The sport has given so much to our players growing up so we are excited to be able to give back.”
Throughout the entire 2015 season, Durham held a fundraiser in support of the charity. The Lords, in conjunction with Baseball Oshawa, collected equipment at all home games to send overseas for the less fortunate. Humber College, who is Durham’s rival on the field, also got on board and donated equipment to the cause.
Through barbecues and raffles at home games, the team was able to raise money that the charity will be able to use to further develop programing.
Durham also purchased special t-shirts that they wore during warm ups, that they donated following the conclusion of the season.
For more information on the Durham College baseball team, visit www.durhamlords.com.
For more information on Play Global, visit www.play-global.org.