Local Little League plays first game with new scoreboard
CAREFREE – Cactus Foothills North Little League has played their first game with a brand new scoreboard, thanks to a donation from the Kiwanis Club of Carefree Benefit Foundation. Saturday, May 2 was the inaugural game with the new scoreboard.
“Kiwanis Club of Carefree is proud to be the Name Sponsor for the Cactus Foothills North Little League baseball field's scoreboard,” said Bob Swan, President, Kiwanis Club of Carefree. “Club members and volunteers are proud to support young athletes striving to be the best they can be, their dedicated coaches, and their parents or guardians. Kiwanians are all about helping kids and local communities.”
“We are very grateful for the generous donation made by Carefree Kiwanis to Cactus Foothills North Little League,” said Steve Fair of the Cactus Foothills North Little League.
Mark Fossey, Cactus Foothills North Little League President wholeheartedly agreed, “The thing I love about Little League is that it’s all about community. Thanks to the support of our community partners, the kids are meeting people, being social, leaning how to win and lose, and sportsmanship.”
Fair described the benefits of the new scoreboard and provided details about the other recent major improvements to the field.
“The new scoreboard replaced a scoreboard that was originally installed when Sonoran Trails Middle School used the field for their baseball games,” Fair said. “The old scoreboard used incandescent light bulbs that were very inefficient, required frequent maintenance, and was very difficult to see during day games. The new scoreboard has been moved 30’ closer to the field so it is more visible by all the fans during games no matter what time they are played.”
Fair discussed what Little League means to the kids and the community.
“We are very proud of our league and we work hard to make it about the community,” he noted. “We believe that Little League is not all about wins and losses. It is about teaching our children the game of baseball, encouraging them to support and help each other, and hopefully make them better people in the end.”
Renovation and replacement of the infield began in January. It included new turf in the infield, additional turf in the area behind home plate between the dugouts and in the outfield (to more closely match Little League outfield specs), new infield dirt, and new irrigation for both the turf and infield dirt.
Jeff Reuter, a parent in the Cactus Foothills North Little League, and his company Sonoran Landesign donated all of the work and materials. The inauguration of the Carefree Kiwanis scoreboard at project completion was a proud moment for everyone.
The ball field is located at the north end of Cave Creek Unified School District education complex south of Carefree Highway, between 56th and 60th Streets. Cactus Foothills North Little League information and registration is available at www.cfnll.com. For information on Kiwanis Club of Carefree, Kiwanis Club of Carefree Benefit Foundation, Inc. and Desert Foothills Key Club, call (480) 488-8400 or visit www.kiwaniscarefree.org.