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Community involvement key to baseball game's success

Posted: July 8, 2011 - 9:08am

It is the mission of Frontier Community Services to provide the supports and services needed to empower individuals with developmental delays, disabilities or other disabling conditions to live their lives with dignity, increase their skills, gain independence,  obtain their goals and participate in their community.

FCS brings baseball to those experiencing a developmental disability year after year. The thrill of connecting the bat with the ball, catching a pop fly, going ‘round the bases to home plate, the smiles, the hugs and the tremendous community involvement; it all makes for the best day ever for those who attend.

This is the 4th year of the Peninsula Oilers coming out to play and help at the games and our consumers love it! Thanks so much guys for your loyal support.

Joe Malatesta, the founder of the World Series, was unable to attend this year and Joe, we really missed you! Thanks for everything you do for the World Series and our consumers year after year after year. We hope to see you next year.

To the Veterans of American Legion Post 20 in Kenai and the VFW Post 10046 in Soldotna; gentlemen, thank you for your service to our country and your service to FCS. It was an honor to have you present the colors of the USA and the State of Alaska during the opening ceremonies.

A hearty thank you to Oliver Amend, the Kenai Little League and the City of Kenai. The fields were in perfect shape and you were excellent hosts. We’ll see you again in 2013!

I would like to recognize the folks from Seward, Homer and Valdez who traveled to Kenai to play ball with us. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed themselves immensely! We appreciate you taking the time to drive to Kenai and spend the day playing baseball.

And a big thanks to Dale Gillilan and the Community Action Coalition for providing  newspaper advertising for the games; Dale-thanks so much for your support!

Finally, thank you to all the FCS, family, friends and community volunteers that came out and helped us put the games together. We work hard for this day so those who are unable to play in leagues or groups can play baseball and have the time of their life.

The games continue to grow and every year we add more players. FCS will continue to provide the great American past time to athletes with disabilities. Come join us!

See you in Soldotna in 2012!

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