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Baseball Field in Ginot Shomron

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THE STORY:

Playing Little League Baseball in Israel - a dream come true in Israel's Biblical Heartland!

For the last 6 years, our teams have traveled for home games because we didn't have a playable field.

Help us build our field of dreams! 

ALLOCATION OF FUNDS

  • Fencing
  • groundwork (grass with weekly grounds-keeping or turf)
  • Backstop and team benches

ABOUT THE GINOT SHOMRON BASEBALL PROGRAM

  • Minors team (age 7-10)
  • Juveniles team (age 10-12)
  • Cadets team (age 13-14)
  • 8 coaches from Toronto, San Diego, New York, and Silver Spring
  • all 3 travelling teams play in Israel Association of Baseball (IAB) leagues
  • Program started in 1985 by American and Canadian immigrants
  • Program Renewed in 2010 and grew each year since
  • The field will also support our Men's Softball team practices

For the story of our program, read on...

In 1985, the Kansas City Royals defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in Major League Baseball's World Series. Falling short in the Championship Series were the Toronto Blue Jays and the Los Angeles Dodgers. While their teams did not make it to the big show that year, former residents of Los Angeles and Toronto remember 1985 as the year they along with other Americans founded Neve Aliza and with it - a baseball field in the heart of the Shomron.

Located just 15 minutes east of Kfar Saba, the municipality of Karnei Shomron is a regional center that includes the townships of Karnei Shomron, Ginot Shomron, Neve Menachem, Alonei Shilo and Ramat Gilad. These communities rest on the border between where the tribes of Ephraim and Menashe lived in Biblical times. Within Ginot Shomron, sits the Neve Aliza neighborhood, founded by Americans and Canadians.

Today, this neighborhood remains a pocket of North American culture in the heart of Biblical Israel. This is most apparent in the sports life. The children of Neve Aliza are often found playing football, hockey and most of all – baseball.

While the map of Ginot Shomron shows the Neve Aliza 'baseball field' now for almost 30 years, the area was completely neglected for a number of years until two local fathers revived the baseball program in 2010. They cleaned the area and brought in a tractor to level the ground to a usable dirt field for practices. That year, the Ginot Shomron Juveniles team (10-12) was reestablished in Israel's baseball league, making it to the regional finals in only its second year. In 2011, a Ginot Shomron 8-10 year old Minors team joined the IAB as well. In 2013, a third team was established for ages 13-14.

The establishment of a baseball program in Ginot Shomron is a source of fun, sportsmanship and learning for the children who play and a source of North American pride for their parents. The continuing and exciting growth of the baseball program demands a proper baseball field. The yishuv now has 8 coaches for its 3 teams and a local director of baseball who sits on the board of the IAB.

We have already secured a commitment from the Local Council to build a proper field and to maintain the field once it has been developed. We need another $60,000 in addition to the funds the City is providing in order to build a field that will support our baseball program. We are now looking for people to step up to the plate and help us finance our field of dreams.

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