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Association seeks business, community sponsorships


Hundreds of children will sign up to play baseball, softball

It may be a few more weeks until umpires start shouting “play ball” at diamonds all over the country, but the Estacada Youth Baseball and Softball Association is already seeking sponsorships to ensure a smooth start to the season.

Last year, sponsorships from local businesses accounted for about 15 percent of the funding required to provide youth baseball and softball opportunities to the children of Estacada.

EYBSA’s efforts are aimed at children between the ages of 4 and 14. Around 250 children participated in their programs last season, and were aided by 16 sponsors.

“It makes a huge difference,” organizer Hannah Loucks said. “It helps families who may not be able to afford to play. It gives an avenue to help pay for it and helps bring down our fundraising costs.”

Loucks said the biggest turnout for the program is among children ages 4-8.

“It gives the kids something new to do,” she said.

Money raised through sponsorships goes towards keeping registration costs for kids down and providing scholarships for those who need assistance.

EYBSA is registered as a nonprofit organization with the Internal Revenue Services. Around half of its funding is provided through registration fees paid by participants. An additional 30 percent comes from fundraising done by members. The organization receives regular donations of time from around 30 community members, many of whom volunteer more than 40 hours per year.

The baseball and softball seasons start at the end of April, but Loucks said there are many needs that must be met between now and then.

“Everything we have is kind of outdated,” Loucks said. “This helps pay for the uniforms and field stuff. It’s really expensive to keep the fields going.”

Full sponsorships are available for $350. Sponsors will have their business logo posted on the organization’s website, www.eybsa.org.

EYBSA will create banners with sponsoring businesses’ logos that will be posted at league events and games. Businesses’ names also will be added to a team’s uniform.

All team sponsors will receive a plaque with a photograph of their team at the end of the season. Partial sponsorships are also being accepted.

“Anything really helps,” Loucks said.

For more information, or to arrange for sponsorship, call Hannah Loucks at 503-313-6167 or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..