Ted Rasberry Youth League
For over 25 years, the Ted Rasberry Youth League program has been providing kids with a high quality summer baseball/softball experience right in their own neighborhoods. Through a partnership with the Whitecaps Community Foundation, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Meijer, and Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation the program has grown from just a few hundred kids to an average of 1,200 boys and girls each summer.
This year, the league will be offered at the following four locations: Richmond Park, MLK Park, Ted Rasberry Field and Riverside Park. 1st-3rd grade will have their practices and games on Monday and Wednesday evenings, and 4th-6th grade will have their practices and games on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. SPACE IS LIMITED! Even though the program is FREE, each child needs to be registered.
When you register, you will be able to choose which park, of those listed above, you would like your child to practice at. From there, all you have to do is show up to the park you registered for on the first night of practice: Monday, June 13th for 1st-3rd grade and Tuesday, June 14th for 4th-6th grade.
This exciting community based program, impacts the lives of kids and families in so many ways:
- Strengthening Families: Parents are recruited to be volunteer coaches.
- Positive Role Models: Teams are coached by volunteers who put an emphasis on learning skills and having a positive attitude, with a focus on good sportsmanship.
- Building Character: The program teaches the kids to learn the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and inclusion.
- Healthy Meals: Through the Y’s Food Service Program, healthy dinners are available to the kids and family members prior to each game.
Give a Glove Campaign
April 11 - May 31, 2022
The Give a Glove Campaign grew out of this program as many kids were unable to afford gloves. Each year the community generously donates new or gently used YOUTH sized baseball glove. During the campaign, gloves are dropped at LMCU Ballpark, 5 branch locations (David D Hunting YMCA, Visser Family YMCA, SpartanNash YMCA, Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Mary Free Bed YMCA), or select LMCU branch locations (Hudsonville Branch, Jenison Branch, Allendale Branch, Ravenna Branch and all Grand Rapids Branches except Saint Mary’s Hospital)
When a glove is donated, that person will receive a voucher for 4 free lawn tickets to a Whitecaps game and 1 free day pass for the Y.
Volunteer With Us!
Join us as a youth baseball or softball coach, where you will coach your team through a 9-week season, run practices, and play games, while teaching them the core YMCA values of Honesty, Caring, Respect, Responsibility, and Inclusion. We need volunteers in the following age groups: 1st-3rd grade coed, 4th-6th grade boys, and 4th-6th grade girls.
If you are interested in learning more about this program or would like to get involved, please contact Allison at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 616.855.9538 or stop in at the David D. Hunting YMCA branch. We hope to see you back this summer!