George and Ebbie Bogema, on behalf of the “Spouses Selling Houses” team of RE/MAX Lake of the Ozarks recently donated Baseball equipment to the Osage Youth Athletic Council (OYAC) that heads up the Osage Beach baseball leagues.
50 bats and 200 official league leather bound balls were donated last week to OYAC President Rod Miller and Dave Lary, Director of Baseball and Softball. Many of the leagues collected entry fees go to the city as rental on the baseball and softball fields on Highway 42.
“Our grandchildren have played baseball on these fields and we want all of the other parents and grandparents to feel the same enjoyment we feel sitting on those bleachers watching the games," Ebbie Bogema said. "These children will be able to use this equipment for years to come.”
The equipment donated will be used for the younger T-Ball leagues all the way up through fourth graders. Rod Miller of OYAC said, “This is just awesome. We are so thankful to the Bogemas and their team for providing all of this gear for our kids.” Miller went on to say that “this will help our league a lot since we won’t have to worry about where our gear is coming from. This is great equipment and it’s all brand new!”
Formed in 2009, OYAC is the organization responsible for administering most of the intramural sports programs for kids living in the School of the Osage school district. OYAC offers baseball and softball, volleyball, flag football, cheerleading, golf, wrestling, basketball, soccer, and bowling. Its main goal is to ensure the continuation and growth of all of activities.
Dave Lary, Director of baseball and softball said, “We are so thankful. This is really putting community back in OYAC baseball”. Much of the funding for OYAC organized league baseball comes through player entry fees and local business sponsors.
The “Spouses Selling Houses” team would also like to make a bat & ball available to any child that might not have any at home for practice. George Bogema said, “As with anything, practice makes perfect, and we want to make sure that every child that needs equipment to practice with, has that equipment available to them.”
If you are interested, or know of a child that is in need of baseball equipment, please contact Ebbie Bogema at 573-302-2313. 1 ball and 1 bat will be given away to every single child in need while supplies last.