Huge donation of baseball equipment for Eabametoong First Nation

Markham’s community partnership with Eabametoong First Nation includes support for health and wellness, physical literacy and youth engagement in establishing legacy projects for the rural community. As part of that, the community was asked to support the Give a Kid a Chance Sports Equipment Drive by donating gently-used baseball equipment until Jan. 26.

And the Markham District Baseball Association (MDBA) really stepped up to the plate. After hearing about the drive, association president Bernie Wong sent out an email to the entire 1,000-member group, which provides baseball programs for competitive and recreational baseball players.

“We thought we would help collect some equipment and the response was overwhelming,” he said. “We were happy to help collect and sort through everything for the city as well as donate some of our own old equipment. There are lots of people who love to play the sport but can’t afford to.”

Eabametoong is an Ojibway First Nation community that is accessible only by air, water or ice roads in the winter. The 1,500-person municipality is located in Kenora District, 300 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay. The economy is mainly cash based and offers limited employment opportunities.

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