Some new additions are coming to the Wichita non-profit organization, League 42, to continue helping kids pursue both baseball and academic dreams.
League 42 will add an indoor facility that features an indoor practice area and a learning center. The addition will be built on the land adjacent to McAdams Park on 17th Street N.
“It’s fun to play baseball,” said Ashton Richard, pitcher.
For hundreds of kids, playing baseball for League 42 is what they look forward to every year.
This time next year, it will be even bigger!
“We want them to find a path to success in their individual lives,” said Bob Lutz, founder of League 42. “When they stray off that path, we want to be able to do what little part we can to help them find the path again.”
The learning center with emphasize reading and math for the players, which is something parents and coach, Alvin Richard said it much needed aside from the usual baseball training.
“We need to help each other’s children strive to be better children,” Alvin said. “With school, you can come up here and get help with our reading and math and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. People struggle, kids struggle and we’re here to help them.”
League 42 has always emphasized the importance of academics, but the new additions will take the game to a whole new level.
Nine-year-old pitcher, Ashton Richard already knows what subject he wants to work more on.
“It could help me with my math,” Ashton said. “I can get better at math. Baseball is important, but my education is more important than baseball.”
League 42 hopes to have the new additions complete by the start of the 2019 school year.
Lutz said the next big project after the facility is to build another baseball field. Lutz said it’s much needed with the growing amount of players and teams.
Around 600 players signed up for the 2019 season. There is a waiting list available for interested participants.
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