Bring Youth Baseball Back to Abaco

by Abaco Strong
Bring Youth Baseball Back to Abaco
Bring Youth Baseball Back to Abaco
Bring Youth Baseball Back to Abaco
Bring Youth Baseball Back to Abaco
Bring Youth Baseball Back to Abaco
Bring Youth Baseball Back to Abaco
Bring Youth Baseball Back to Abaco
Bring Youth Baseball Back to Abaco
Bring Youth Baseball Back to Abaco
Bring Youth Baseball Back to Abaco
Bring Youth Baseball Back to Abaco
Bring Youth Baseball Back to Abaco
Bring Youth Baseball Back to Abaco
Bring Youth Baseball Back to Abaco
Bring Youth Baseball Back to Abaco
Bring Youth Baseball Back to Abaco
Thank You, Rising Stars Softball Coaches!
Thank You, Rising Stars Softball Coaches!

Our Coaches and Players have been taking a break for the past few weeks to enjoy The Holidays.  We are currently holding registration, and practice will resume at the end of January. The focus this year will be on expanding the program to several other communities in Abaco. We hope to have four teams in each division that can can compete against each other during the regular season. The divisions consist of a Junior and Senior Boys Baseball Team and a Junior and Senior Girls Softball Team, as well as t-ball for the younger players.

We have been fortunate to receive several equipment donations which is extremely helpful to insure that each team has the basics needed to practice and play. We are still in need of additonal funding for backstops, uniforms, and vehicles for transporation. Abaco Youth Baseball will be holding their Second Annual Kevin Murray Fun Run Fundraising Event this Spring. Stay tuned for more details about this fun and family-oriented event.

We were also very fortunate to have a visit from Several Coaches from The Rising Stars Softball League in Grand Bahama. One of the coaches who specializes in pitching was able to work one on one with the up and coming pitchers in Abaco. Special thanks to Coach Murray and Coach Murray-Knowels for making this possible and to the coaches that traveled to assit our players.

 

Thank you to all of you who have supported Abaco Strong and Abaco Youth Baseball on this amazing journey. Wishing you many blessings in 2023!

Up and Coming Pitcher and Coach
Up and Coming Pitcher and Coach
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So proud of our Softball All Stars
So proud of our Softball All Stars

It is hard to believe that it has been over a year since Abaco Strong has partnered with Abaco Youth Baseball. Kudos to the athletes and the coaches for everything that they have accomplished this past year. I would like to highlight The Pink Panthers, our girls softball team. They have really developed as athletes and individuals over this past year and a half. Four of our girls were named to the Bahamas All Stars, and we could not be more proud.

Our Junior and Senior Boys had a great run at the National Tournament, coming in fourth place overall, which we consider a great accomplishment. They have worked very to make it to Nationals and have improved so greatly in a such a short time. They have definitely learned that discipline and hard work pays off in the long run.

We would like to send a huge thank you to our volunteers from Liquid Legacy who came out to help paint the Bathroom facility which has now been completed.  Many thanks to all of our donors who helped to make this project possible. This facility will not only serve Abaco Youth Baseball and Softball, but the whole Community in Murphy Town and beyond.

Thanks to our awesome volunteers from LiquidLegacy
Thanks to our awesome volunteers from LiquidLegacy
Pink Panthers
Pink Panthers
Thanks to you, the bathroom project is complete.
Thanks to you, the bathroom project is complete.
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Abaco Youth Baseball Fun Run Fundraiser
Abaco Youth Baseball Fun Run Fundraiser

"Energy and persistence conquers all things."

 - Ben Franklin -

Troy Feaste, Founder and President of Abaco Youth Baseball is determined to get his players to the National Championships - no small task for a group of players and volunteers in MurphyTown still recovering from Dorian, the worst hurricane in the history of the Bahamas, not to mention a global pandemic in a tourist driven economy. They started with a dozen baseball gloves, a few baseballs, and some rakes and shovels less than two years ago, and have made great strides towards their goal. 

With your help they will be sending their 18 and under, 14 and under, and 12 and under Boys Teams to The Bahamas Baseball Association National Championship in Freeport in June 2022. These boys have worked extremely hard to get to this point, and have learned a lot about baseball, but more importantly they have learned about team work and discipline. Help our players accomplish their goals this year by making a contribution towards, uniforms, equipment and travel expenses

The players were in need of some tough competition to prepare for nationals. There is not much opportunity for that on the island so the first step was to raise money to participate in their first tournament in Grand Bahama. The whole community came together to raise money for tournament fees and travel expenses at the First Annual Abaco Youth Baseball Fun Run. The Junior and Senior Boys and Girls teams traveled by boat to Freeport for their first tournament. It was a grand adventure for the players who acquired the needed travel and playing experience to compete in Nationals.

Please consider making a donation to keep the momentum going for these industrious youth and our dedicated volunteers and coaches. Abaco Youth Baseball has brought our community together and given us a sense of hope during some extremely trying times.

Thank you for your support. Stay #AbacoStrong

The bathroom reconstruction is in progress
The bathroom reconstruction is in progress
The Junior Boys Team has been practicing hard
The Junior Boys Team has been practicing hard
Players traveling to their first tournament
Players traveling to their first tournament

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Team Meeting
Team Meeting

It has been just over a year since Troy Feaste and a passionate group of parents walked onto an overgrown field filled with debris from a devastating hurricane, determined to bring Youth Baseball back to Abaco. In spite of many obstacles, the program is catching on, and Troy and his dedicated team of coaches and volnteers have created something special.

I had the opportuntiy to atttend a scrimmage between the Murphy Town and The Coopers Town Senior Boys on a Saturday afternoon last November. The boys have come a long way in developing their natural talents and showed impressive discipline and sportsmanship. The players and fans alike were having a blast. The atmosphere was electric with bursts of applause and cheering with every hit and good defensive play. The day ended with the smell of sausages grilling on the sidelines, big smiles, and tired but happy kids.

Construction on the new bathrooms at The Murphy Town Field will begin in the next two weeks. A big "Thank You" to everyone that contributed to our fundraiser, which will help to pay for the much needed facility. Our goals for 2022 include raising money for a fence and backstop, and expanding the program to several other communities throughout Abaco. We will be bringing some equipment and making a visit to Grand Cay this month to jump start the baseball/softball program there. 

Thank you for helping us to bring Youth Baseball and Softball back to Abaco!

Makeshift backstop
Makeshift backstop
Scrimmage Game - Murphy Town vs. Coopers Town
Scrimmage Game - Murphy Town vs. Coopers Town
Getting Organized for Practice
Getting Organized for Practice
Site for new bathroom reconstruction
Site for new bathroom reconstruction

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As the saying goes,"Two steps forward, one step back..." Unfortunately that is how life goes some times. Due to the increased infection rate in The Bahamas, and specifically in Abaco, practices for Abaco Youth Baseball have been temporarily suspended. It is the best decision to keep the children and the entire community safe. The medical resources in The Marsh Harbour area are limited, and sadly, there has recently been an increased number of COVID related deaths in Abaco. Thanks to donations from the US and other countries, vaccines being distributed throughout Great Abaco Island and the surrounding cays. These vaccines have been available in various clinics and there will be another distribution next week. We are hopeful that we are on the down side of the recent spike in infections.

 

We cant wait to get our kids back on the baseball field. In the meantime, plans are being drawn up for the building of the bathroom facility at The Murphy Town Field. We are continuing to register boys and girls between the ages of 4 - 17, and we have established a need-based scholarship fund for young athletes that would not otherwise be able to participate in the baseball/softball program.

We would like to thank everyone that contributed to our Abaco Youth Baseball/Softball Fundraiser. Through your kindness and generosity, we raised over $40,000 to "Bring Youth Baseball back to Abaco". Special thanks to The Lyford Cay Charitable Trust Foundation and The Rotary Club Bahamas for their generous donations to support the Program. If you would like to support Abaco Strong or learn more about our work as we continue to rebuild in Abaco, please visit our website: https://abacostrong.org

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Location: Bethesda, MD - USA
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Martha Fleury
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