May 27, 2014 > Hayward Junior Giants Season Begins
Hayward Junior Giants Season Begins
Submitted By Sgt. Eric R. Melendez, Hayward PD
Summer is almost here, which means itÕs time for the 2014 season of the Hayward Junior Giants Program. The season kicks off with the First Pitch Meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 29 at King Middle School in Hayward. (The program begins on June 16. Games; practices take place at Larry Standley Field at Weekes Park.)
Entering its 13th year, the free Junior Giants program has given thousands of Hayward youth the opportunity to learn basic baseball skills, as well as important character building and life skills in a fun, non-competitive environment. Both boys and girls ages 5-14 are given the opportunity to play baseball, while focusing on the four bases of character development: confidence, teamwork, leadership and integrity. Each year, interest in the Hayward program grows.
There are over 21,000 children who participate in the Junior Giants program, in over 90 leagues across California and into Nevada and Oregon. Not only does Hayward have one of the largest leagues in the program, it also has one of the best.
The Hayward Junior Giants represents a successful partnership between the Hayward Police DepartmentÕs Youth and Family Services Bureau, HARD, and the San Francisco Giants Community Fund. The Giants Community Fund originally developed the program to give youth an alternative to drugs, gangs and crime. The Hayward league provides exactly this opportunity. Beyond baseball, players get to enjoy positive interactions with the School Resource Officers who are their coaches.
There is also additional programming that encourages healthy eating, violence prevention and the importance of education. Free breakfast and lunch are provided through a partnership with City Councilman Mark Salinas and the Hayward Unified School DistrictÕs ÔLetÕs Do Lunch Hayward É and breakfast tooÕ program.
To sign up for the 2014 season of the Hayward Junior Giants, visit www.jrgiantsregistration.org and select ÔHaywardÕ as your league. Volunteers are also welcome!
All players and volunteers must attend the first pitch meeting on Thursday, May 29. For questions, contact the Hayward PDÕs Youth and Family Services Bureau at (510) 293-3333 or visit their website at http://yfsb.haywardpd.net.
Hayward Junior Giants First Pitch Meeting
Thursday, May 29
5:30 p.m. Ð 7:30 p.m.
King Middle School
26890 Holly Hill Ave, Hayward