- By Rising Sun Staff
An exciting new development has reached Pelican Falls First Nations High School. The Jays Care Foundation has donated $150,000 to help construct a new ball diamond at the high school.
The announcement was made at the end of August in Headingly, Manitoba during the Beyond the Ballpark Tournament. The tournament included 100 children from First Nations communities in Ontario, Manitoba, and British Columbia.
Graham Coughlin, a teacher from Pelican Falls First Nations High School responded enthusiastically to the donation. Coughlin spoke of the current field, which is constantly flooded and run down, though the kids continue to use it. “Kids are out there playing in bad conditions, but they want to be there.”
During a school-wide assembly the donation from Jays Care was announced to excitement from the students. The new ball diamond will be a part of an effort to help keep the kids active and involved. Coughlin said they recently put in a one and a half mile track and a disc golf course.
Construction on the new ball diamond is expected to take place in the spring. The school is currently in consultation to determine the best route forward. They are hopeful that the field will be ready for the start of the 2017 school year.
“We are humbled and grateful for the opportunity to learn from Canadian First Nations youth through the power of sport,” The Jays Care Foundation said. The foundation is in association with the Toronto Blue Jays and seeks to get kids involved with baseball and create lasting social change in a safe environment.