Prospective baseball and softball players (Triangle Baseball team members shown here with Harvey the HarbourCat) in financial need will be supported through the new HarbourCats Foundation. Photo by Christian J. Stewart/Victoria HarbourCats

HarbourCats Foundation aims to boost Victoria-area baseball and softball numbers

Group partnering with Victoria Foundation to get started

Following up on the support the Greater Victoria community has given them over the course of their five seasons, the Victoria HarbourCats are reaching out to return the favour.

The establishment of the HarbourCats Foundation aims to make it so more families and children can participate in baseball and softball around the region.

“The foundation will support baseball and softball efforts across the Greater Victoria area by helping make these two sports more affordable for all children,” said foundation president Richard Michaels in a release.

The goal is to provide funding to leagues for everything from equipment to registration fee support, and to organizations such as KidSport, which help local children and families cover the cost of signing up for baseball and softball associations in Greater Victoria.

“We don’t necessarily need to reinvent the wheel. We know there’s some good [organizations] out there, KidSport already does that funding and they have the mechanics to do that,” said Kelly Mann, treasurer for the new foundation.

For leagues that may be struggling for membership, he added, “if we can provide them with 500 baseballs, that takes the burden off them and they can spend that money elsewhere.”

The HarbourCats are partnering with the Victoria Foundation to streamline the donation process as a way to develop seed money, Mann said. Potential donors can visit, where all funds collected will be passed along to support the new group’s mandate. Tax receipts are available and donors can remain anonymous if they desire.

Other foundation board members are vice-president Fraser Campbell, secretary John Pollard and advisor Gary Beyer. Donations can also be made by contacting any board members directly.

Mann called the establishment of the HarbourCats Foundation “a great opportunity to invest in baseball and softball” in the Victoria area. “We don’t have a HarbourCats team if we don’t have grassroots baseball to begin with … We need to plant the seeds now and the foundation is going to do great things to support that.”

Just Posted

Group seeks to build honorary RCMP sculpture in Sooke

Sooke RCMP officers work long hours protecting the community, and a local… Continue reading

Refugee family gets help with rent

Sooke council changes scope of $3,600 grant

Central Saanich police chase down speeding biker

A motorcyclist from the Lower Mainland was caught on the Tsawout reserve… Continue reading

Sooke high school welcomes new principal

Laura Fulton was formerly vice principal at Belmont High and Spencer Middle schools

Sooke Mayor Maja Tait seeking re-election

So far, Maja Tait only declared candidate in mayor’s race

Solitary-confinement veto a chance to address mental health: advocate

B.C. Supreme Court made the landmark ruling Wednesday

Winter storm coming to B.C. this weekend

The bets are on as to how much snow the province will actually get in the coming days

B.C. civil rights group files complaint about RCMP arrest of man who later died

Dale Culver, a 35-year-old Indigenous man was arrested in Prince George last July

Lawyer says former B.C. government aide ‘barely guilty’ in ethnic vote scandal

Brian Bonney pleaded guilty to a breach of trust charge

Quite a few tears as homemade quilts distributed to residents of Ashcroft Reserve, Boston Flats affected by last summer’s fire

Quilters in B.C. and Alberta worked through the summer and fall to create more than 100 quilts.

B.C. coast loggers celebrate history, hope for improvement

Truck Loggers Association awaits B.C. NDP government’s new direction

Global Affairs aware of report of two Canadians kidnapped in Nigeria

The foreigners were heading south from Kafanchan to Abuja when they were ambushed around Kagarko

Saanich lights up Layritz Park with solar-powered lights

Saanich plans to install more solar-powered lights after installing them in Layritz… Continue reading

Whistler role in potential Calgary Olympic bid would be welcome: IOC

Calgary is mulling whether to vie for the 2026 Games, and could look to facilities in B.C.

Most Read