Up & Coming Weekly

May 31, 2022

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM 16 UCW JUNE 1 - 7, 2022 EVENT Woodpeckers hit home run with youth baseball team by CINDY WHITT CINDY WHITT, Staff Writer. COM- MENTS? Editor@upandcomingweek- ly.com. 910-484-6200 Youth from the Boys & Girls Club have a chance to play baseball thanks to the Fayetteville Woodpeck- ers' recent donation of $10,000. e newly formed "Junior Woodpeckers" will be showcased at the team's home game against the Fredericksburg Na- tionals on Saturday, June 18, at Segra Stadium. e initiative is part of the Fayetteville Woodpeck- ers Community Leaders Program, which generates donations through corporate partnerships with area businesses and through fundraising events throughout the year. eir goal is to provide support to youth sports and military service members and their families. e Junior Woodpeckers were formed to give chil- dren the opportunity to participate in youth sports without having to worry about the costs usually as- sociated with extracurricular activities. "e Junior Woodpeckers initiative was something I wanted to put in place to be able to give children in Fayetteville the same opportunities and kind of level the playing field," said Kristen Nett, Fayetteville Woodpeckers community relations manager. "I saw that it was harder for some families to be able to pay for their children to be involved in sports." e donation to the Boys & Girls Club pays for uniforms, equipment, registration fees and other expenses related to playing in a baseball league. Junior players will receive a custom jersey with the Fayetteville Woodpeckers logo on the sleeve. e "Junior Woodpeckers" is a 12U team that can compete in the Fayetteville Parks and Recreation youth baseball league. is year's team formed in April. "e goal is to have it be a yearly (opportunity)," said Nett. "My goal is to form a totally free baseball league in Fayetteville. So, this is just the start." "e Woodpeckers are really excited. I feel it's our responsibility to be able to come into this commu- nity and give back and do everything we can to help others." e Woodpeckers minor league baseball team was established in Fayetteville in 2019 as a Single-A affiliate of the Houston Astros. e team was for- merly known as the Buies Creek Astros and played on the campus of Campbell University. When the franchise moved to Fayetteville, they got a new name and a new home at Segra Stadium. Fans were invited to suggest a new name for the team, and the Woodpeckers was selected in honor of the red-cockaded bird that was once found throughout Fayetteville but is now an endangered species. For more information on the Fayetteville Wood- peckers or to buy tickets for the game, visit www. fayettevillewoodpeckers.com. e Fayetteville Woodpeckers donated $10,000 to the Boys & Girls Club for the Junior Woodpeckers youth baseball team. (Photo courtesy of Fayetteville Woodpeckers) 4104 Raeford Rd. Fayetteville, NC 28304 910.483.1234 www.bryanhonda.com Proudly Serving Our Community For 75 Years. Home of the Bryan Honda $3,010 Advantage!

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