Baseball “Bigs” Aid “Littles”
The Roughrider baseball team played on Saturday but not on the baseball diamond and not with a bat and ball. Sky Smeltzer’s squad joined with the Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters organization for the 40th anniversary of the group’s existence in Yavapai County. The event took place at the Courthouse Square in downtown Prescott.
Since 1999, Smeltzer and the Roughrider baseball program have been involved with the organization in various capacities, specifically joining efforts to provide a helping hand to the “littles” and the organization itself.
Smeltzer understands the importance of the mentoring program in the lives of those within the Big Brothers Big Sisters program saying, “It is something that I feel is invaluable. Our kids get as much out of it as the ‘littles’ do.”
The YC players conducted a number of fun-filled, family oriented games such as Wiffle ball with the children, bean bag and ring tosses, and potato sack, dizzy ball and wheelbarrow races and a tug-of-war contest. Sophomore infielder Tyler Urps commented, “It was fun to associate with the kids, they had a blast.”
Since its inception, the Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters has helped find mentoring for more than 9,000 children.