Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Play Ball!

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Play Ball!

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Last March, one of the first major decisions Grant Hansen had to make after only three weeks on the job as athletics coordinator for Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation was to cancel the spring youth baseball league. "It broke my heart," says Hansen, himself a former baseball player. The problem was he just could not find enough children.

The reality Hansen faced is borne out by research that shows the number of children participating in organized sports, such as basketball, football, even soccer, is on the decline. Also, unlike basketball and soccer, which have a pretty short equipment list, baseball requires much more in the way of equipment, the cost for which can quickly add up.

Hansen's passion for the game and his first-hand knowledge of the life lessons and benefits it provides, made him determined that the baseball program would not end on his watch. After all, in a state known for its "fan"atical sports fans and its sports heritage, how could he? So, following some internal conversations, OKC Parks and Recreation reached out to the Oklahoma City Dodgers, initially to see if the team would help the department increase the maintenance standards of many of the outdoor sports facilities across the OKC metro area. …

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