MORRISBURG — The Seaway Surge baseball club and the Municipality of South Dundas were announced as one of several communities across Canada to receive a grant from the Toronto Blue Jays’ Jayscare Foundation.
The $45,000 “Field of Dreams” grant will be used by South Dundas to rebuild the baseball diamond in the park. Official news of the announcement was made on the Rogers Sportsnet show Jays Central on Aug. 21.
The Jayscare Foundation works to use baseball to improve communities across Canada and has projects in all 10 provinces and two out of three territories.
Programs operated by the foundation include working with groups that face opportunity gaps, children living at or below the poverty line, children with disabilities, and Indigenous youth.
The program invests in creating or refurbishing baseball diamonds to provide youth with a safe place to play and learn the game.
The Seaway Surge applied for the program with the support of the municipality late last fall.
“Seaway Surge will be working with South Dundas to build on an already beautiful location to make it one of the best ball diamonds in Eastern Ontario,” said Jason Broad with the club.
“A big shout out goes to the Parks and Rec people in South Dundas, Jamie Scott and CAO Shannon Geraghty – and South Dundas council for their support in applying for the grant.”
“A new baseball field is a great way to contribute to the revitalization efforts along our waterfront and adds to the prosperity of our community by providing access to premier sporting facilities,” said South Dundas Mayor Steven Byvelds. “South Dundas council and staff look forward to working with the Seaway Surge as they move forward with this project.
— The Morrisburg Leader