Toni Ross Spirit Foundation Jamboree upcoming

This year’s Toni Ross Spirit Foundation Jamboree is April 21 at Howland Township Park.

About a half-dozen teams are participating in this year’s event.

It starts at 9 a.m., with West Branch taking on Howland. The next game is LaBrae against Jefferson, while North Allegheny takes on West Branch at noon.

Erie McDowell and LaBrae collide at 1:30 p.m., while Jefferson takes on North Allegheny at 3 p.m.

Erie McDowell and Howland are the final game at 4:30 p.m.

The junior varsity games are to be played at LaBrae High School, starting with Jefferson vs. LaBrae at 10:30 a.m., followed by North Allegheny vs. West Branch at noon. The final JV game is Erie McDowell vs. Howland at 1:30 p.m.

This event is to honor the memory of Toni Ross, the well-loved nurse at Howland Glen Elementary, where she touched the lives of the students as well as the staff with her generosity, loving nature and huge smile.

The Toni Ross Spirit Foundation was founded to capture the spirit that Toni possessed in making the community better for our children where they play, learn and live. The foundation’s core belief is that your greatness is not what you have, it is what you give.

There is a used equipment drive starting at 9 a.m., on April 21, and running all day.

The Stay in Softball Group at Howland is collecting gently used and new items such as, bats, gloves, helmets, face masks, catcher’s gear, bags and clothing.

This equipment is then distributed to girls and/or teams that express need or attend any of their free clinics. They try to make sure that each girl has everything they need to play the game, especially face masks.

Stay in Softball is a player-ran, non-profit organization whose main goal is to help girls overcome obstacles that may prevent them from playing or continuing to play softball. They strive to grow the game at all levels, especially in their own communities.

They believe every girl who wants to play softball should have the opportunity to play regardless of their situation. Softball teaches girls important life skills such as sportsmanship, teamwork, and communication. It also helps girls develop qualities such as patience, perseverance, and work ethic. It has been shown that girls who play sports have higher levels of confidence, self-esteem, a more positive body image and experience higher rates of well-being than girls who do not play sports.

Stay in Softball has been in existence for three years and has provided equipment and/or uniforms to over 400 players, provided free instruction to over 500 players and provided emergency assistance and funding to many more facing serious hardship.

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