While much of the nation has turned its attention from baseball until the spring, youth in Alaska continue to play indoors during the coldest months.
A new initiative under the Air Force Community Partnership program will allow children aged nine to 16 from the communities surrounding Eielson Air Force Base to use the installation’s indoor facility year-round. In exchange, military children will be able to play baseball in recreational leagues in Fairbanks at a reduced cost. Eielson also is inviting civilian and military youth to participate in 10 fundamental baseball clinics at its indoor facility, reported 354th Fighter Wing Public Affairs.
“Youth baseball is a great opportunity to establish a long-term positive relationship between Eielson and the community where winter youth sports activities in the Baker Field House are routinely scheduled and welcomed,” said Charlotte Lewis, the 354th Force Support Squadron chief of the Airman & Family Services flight.
The initiative also will provide an opportunity for airmen to become involved as coaches for the league. “Youth baseball is a great opportunity for new and experienced coaches to participate, and team-minded parents are always in demand,” Lewis said. “We suspect there are more than a few airmen who are ballplayers, who just might find that coaching kids is a refreshing outlet.”