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July 31, 2012 > Help the Junior Giants' Hayward League

Help the Junior Giants' Hayward League

Larry Standley Field can only win makeover, if community participates

Submitted By Sheryl Boykins

For the 12th year, the Hayward Police Department has partnered with the San Francisco Giants Baseball team to host the Junior Giants during the summer months. The Junior Giants Ball Program is for children, many of whom would not ordinarily have access to a structured baseball program.

Participants, generally aged 5-14 years, may not excel in a structured competitive sports league but thrive in this less competitive atmosphere. This program encourages character development over winning. It fosters the attitude that effort is as important as the results. All children play every position regardless of their ability; the promotion of self-esteem and sportsmanship are more important than keeping score. Junior Giants is free to any child who wishes to participate. This year, the league has signed more than 500 participants.

The San Francisco Giants supply a T-shirt and baseball hat, uniforms and all equipment. Hayward PD's responsibility includes supplying adult supervision by police officers, coaches, snacks and training of the coaches. The Hayward Area Recreation and Park District supports these efforts with use and maintenance of the park. Strengthening community relationships, Hayward PD hires four youth coaches, ages 16-19, at minimum wages who live or attend school in the City of Hayward. They are encouraged to model the concept of placing higher value on character than wins or losses.

Every year, Junior Giants try to improve the program. In 2011, in partnership with the Hayward Unified School District (HUSD) breakfast and lunches were added. This year, the program runs from June 12 until August 9, 2012. The San Francisco Giants have proven to be great partners in this effort and invited all the leagues to participate in the Buster Posey Park Makeover. The Giants and Buster Posey will select a location in need of a $40,000-makeover.

The Hayward League is one of the top nine finalists for the Buster's Ball Field Makeover. Of these nine, the three with the most votes continue to the next stage of the selection process in which Buster Posey will choose whose local ball field will receive the makeover. The Hayward League is the only league from the East Bay and needs the both the Hayward community and East Bay's help, support and votes to secure a place in the top three.

To help the Hayward League, visit and vote for Larry Standley Field, Hayward. Please vote daily to secure a makeover that will benefit the children in our community and for a chance to win the following: Grand Prize - six premium field club tickets, a jersey and six baseballs signed by Buster Posey; Second Prize - two tickets to a Giants home game and a baseball bat autographed by Buster Posey; 10 Third Prizes - a SF Giants toaster autographed by Buster Posey.

For more information, call Lt. Sheryl Boykins, Hayward Police Department at (510) 293-7270.

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