Money for Youth Sports, a Double Play

1. You may have read about recent efforts by proponents of a turf field at South Kitsap High School on their efforts to raise funds for the upgrade, estimated to cost $1.5 million. South Kitsap Community Sports Foundation was turned down by USA Soccer in its bid to land a planning grant for the much-needed field renovations at Joe Knowles Field and improve the quality and conditions of other athletic facilities in the district, but they are planning a 7-on-7 flag football tournament, for Aug. 28 at South Kitsap High School as a fundraiser.

Registration: Forms and more information on the tournament can be found at the organization’s website or on Facebook at Turf 4 SK.

2. South Kitsap Babe Ruth, which folded in March due to lack of players and a poor economy, has donated the balance of its funds to three other baseball organizations in South Kitsap. In that way, said president Jerry Holaway, the spirit of the 50-year-old organization lives on.

“I met with Kevin Archuleta President of South Kitsap Eastern Little League on Monday before SKELL board meeting at Puerta Vallarta,” said Holaway on Aug. 12.

“I also met with board member Daniel Garrett, Vice President Kathie Thoma (in picture) and President Margot Rustad (not in picture) of South Kitsap Southern Little League before SKSLL board meeting at SKSLL ball park,” Holaway said.

” I presented each league with equal donation checks with the only stipulation that the money be used for players ages 13-18 years old to help with registration cost, supplies and up keep of their ball fields.

 “We also donated all of our baseball equipment, lawn mower and everything in our concession stand to South Kitsap Western Little league when they took over the lease from the city on the Babe Ruth field.

 I feel all three organizations were given equal parts of Babe Ruth 

South Kitsap Babe Ruth will be closing out the leagues bank account within the next couple of weeks depending on when the donation checks clear the account.”

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