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Antigonish Challenger Baseball Fundraising for Fully Accessible Ballfield

Antigonish Challenger Baseball is very busy these days, fundraising for its goal of a fully accessible ballfield.  Challenger Baseball received a big boost earlier this year with a 150-thousand dollar grant from the Toronto Blue Jays Foundation, JaysCare.  Challenger Baseball Coordinator Randy Crouse says it’s applying for various grants to raise money for the 400-thousand dollar upgrade.  It’s also planning a silent auction with minor baseball and minor softball in late June and July.
Crouse says a number of features will be included in the renovation.
There’s also plans for wheelchair accessible bleachers.  It’s hoped the renovations will be complete in time for the 2019 season
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Antigonish and Judique receive $150,000 from Toronto Blue Jays Foundation Jays Care for Field Upgrades

Some good news for two communities in northeastern Nova Scotia from the foundation of the Toronto Blue Jays.  Jays Care has announced Antigonish

Graphic from Jays Care on the communities receiving grants from its Field of Dreams program, including Antigonish and Judique

Challenger Baseball and the Judique Recreation Association will each receive 150-thousand dollars through its Field of Dreams grant program.

In Antigonish, the funding will go towards a fully accessible ball field.  The president of the Antigonish Baseball Association Chris Hunter says it’s exciting news.

Antigonish Mayor Laurie Boucher says it’s a welcome development.

Boucher says the town will also be investing 150-thousand dollars in the project, from funding approved in its capital budget.

Jays Care Field of Dreams grants are for infrastructure dedicated to youth life-skill development and physical activity.

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Two Antigonish projects in the running for Aviva Community Fund

Two local groups are in the running for a national competition to support community projects.  It’s part of an annual contest called the Aviva Community Fund.  It is sponsored by the insurance company Aviva Canada.  Both local groups, if successful could be eligible for up to $100,000 in funding.
Antigonish Challenger Baseball, nominated in the Community Health category,  is proposing to convert the facilities it uses at Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional High School into an accessible ball field.  That includes wheelchair accessible dugouts, a backstop, an outfield fence, field lighting and stands.
The Antigonish Affordable Housing Society, nominated in the Community Development category,  is proposing a community room.  It would be for tenants of its affordable housing project, Riverside Estates as well as the greater Antigonish community.  Phase one of the development opened earlier this year.  Planning for phase two is underway.
The public has until October 19th to vote for their favourite project.  The finalists will be announced in December.    To vote, follow this link:  https://www.avivacommunityfund.org
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Antigonish Challenger Baseball Preparing for another year

Antigonish Challenger Baseball season is fast approaching, and registration is still open to those who wish to participate.
Randy Crouse is the coordinator for Antigonish Challenger Baseball. He says that there are still chances for people to take part:
Crouse also says that they are still looking for more volunteers and support for Challenger Baseball, and encourages people to contact his through antigonishbaseball.com
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Antigonish Challenger Baseball preparing for another season

Antigonish Challenger Baseball is currently looking for new and returning buddies for the 2017 season! Challenger Baseball is a program for children with special needs between the ages of 4 and 18. ‘Buddies’ are paired up with a partner and help out with aspects of the game.
Randy Crouse is the Coordinator for Antigonish Challenger Baseball. He says the program has had great success as it heads into the fourth year. Crouse says that the bond formed between the players and buddies is an incredibly rewarding experience:
Crouse says registration is now open for people who would like to be buddies. The numbers have been increasing from year to year, and Crouse says there is always space for more people to be involved. More information available at http://www.nschallengerbaseball.com