LETTER: Volunteers make Gourley great

Opinion Sep 02, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

Displayed proudly in my daughter’s room is her very first trophy. She was awarded this memento of her first season playing T-ball last week, as the Gourley Park Community Association baseball season wrapped up on the west Mountain.

I’d like to extend my thanks to all the coaches, volunteers and sponsors who give their time and support to ensure children learn not just the basic fundamentals of the sport, but more importantly, the importance of teamwork and friendship.

My daughter played on the Black Cat Coffee Services team, under coach Alexander Forrest. Over the season, coach Alex made it his mission each game to teach the kids a very important message about respect — treat others the way you want to be treated.

Community-based minor sports programs are the backbone of our community. As parents, we are fortunate to have these programs, administered by volunteers with a passion for their community.

One of the great volunteers in our community is Randy Chapple, who has built the Gourley Park baseball league into one of Hamilton’s largest and most successful programs.

I’ve known Randy for over a decade, and I’ve always admired his dedication to the community. It’s not just the baseball league... many will know Randy as the Easter bunny of the west Mountain, organizing the annual hunt in the sprawling park that serves as a centrepiece of the Gourley neighbourhood.

Mark Cripps

Hamilton Mountain

LETTER: Volunteers make Gourley great

Opinion Sep 02, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

Displayed proudly in my daughter’s room is her very first trophy. She was awarded this memento of her first season playing T-ball last week, as the Gourley Park Community Association baseball season wrapped up on the west Mountain.

I’d like to extend my thanks to all the coaches, volunteers and sponsors who give their time and support to ensure children learn not just the basic fundamentals of the sport, but more importantly, the importance of teamwork and friendship.

My daughter played on the Black Cat Coffee Services team, under coach Alexander Forrest. Over the season, coach Alex made it his mission each game to teach the kids a very important message about respect — treat others the way you want to be treated.

Community-based minor sports programs are the backbone of our community. As parents, we are fortunate to have these programs, administered by volunteers with a passion for their community.

One of the great volunteers in our community is Randy Chapple, who has built the Gourley Park baseball league into one of Hamilton’s largest and most successful programs.

I’ve known Randy for over a decade, and I’ve always admired his dedication to the community. It’s not just the baseball league... many will know Randy as the Easter bunny of the west Mountain, organizing the annual hunt in the sprawling park that serves as a centrepiece of the Gourley neighbourhood.

Mark Cripps

Hamilton Mountain

LETTER: Volunteers make Gourley great

Opinion Sep 02, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

Displayed proudly in my daughter’s room is her very first trophy. She was awarded this memento of her first season playing T-ball last week, as the Gourley Park Community Association baseball season wrapped up on the west Mountain.

I’d like to extend my thanks to all the coaches, volunteers and sponsors who give their time and support to ensure children learn not just the basic fundamentals of the sport, but more importantly, the importance of teamwork and friendship.

My daughter played on the Black Cat Coffee Services team, under coach Alexander Forrest. Over the season, coach Alex made it his mission each game to teach the kids a very important message about respect — treat others the way you want to be treated.

Community-based minor sports programs are the backbone of our community. As parents, we are fortunate to have these programs, administered by volunteers with a passion for their community.

One of the great volunteers in our community is Randy Chapple, who has built the Gourley Park baseball league into one of Hamilton’s largest and most successful programs.

I’ve known Randy for over a decade, and I’ve always admired his dedication to the community. It’s not just the baseball league... many will know Randy as the Easter bunny of the west Mountain, organizing the annual hunt in the sprawling park that serves as a centrepiece of the Gourley neighbourhood.

Mark Cripps

Hamilton Mountain