Thanks to the “Colonel” and a few friends who have lent a hand, the boys of the 10 U and 12 U Division at Freedom Farm have a new domain – “The Colonel’s Choice” to pursue their Major League dreams.
By Iñigo ‘Naughty’ Zenicazelaya
I have been involved or watched sports all my life and after becoming a father you can add youth baseball training to my resume.
An exciting season of Freedom Farm 2020 in the 10 U and 12 U Divisions, has been totally wiped out by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
What a roller coaster ride it was in 2020, the pandemic, social distancing, lockdowns, curfews, home schooling and the list goes on, have taken a beating on us in one way or another.
The sports communities have taken their blows with many seasons of sports disciplines and meetings canceled on the sports calendar.
As the seasons were canceled, so were the plans to improve the facilities and infrastructure of the various sports leagues.
Sadly, the year off forced by the global pandemic has allowed athletic fields to become worn out, neglected and, in some cases, totally unplayable across the country.
Freedom Farm’s 10U and 12U field has become a glaring example.
The estate had definitely seen better days and with the pandemic and social distancing still playing an important role in day-to-day life, the corporate sponsors put everything on hold, so funding for the renovation and its completion would be a challenge.
Then I had a revelation!
The light bulb continued in my head …
I would ask the “colonel” to sponsor him!
Yes KFC Nassau, of which I am the brand ambassador. (Something I’m quite proud of)
KFC Nassau has long been a major corporate sponsor of The Bahamas.
KFC’s keen sense of standards, quality, value for money and community investment has always earned my respect, in addition to his commitment to family and building better communities through his efforts. philanthropic.
So I called the “colonel” and gave him the pitch. (Voluntary pun)
KFC has jumped all over the place, it’s a known fact that Freedom Farm is producing Major League Baseball prospects in abundance, including the hottest young star in the National League and possibly Major League Baseball Jazz Chisholm, 2B for the Miami Marlins. KFC would not allow Freedom Farm’s next generation of big leaguers to play on sub-par terrain.
They quickly jumped into action sponsoring the renovation of the infield, shelters, sidelines, warning lanes, outfield end caps and all spectator stands.
I was and still am overwhelmed by their generosity, but before I could recover my phone rang.
It was first of all the creative relationships
coordinate and manage branding and the entire renovation project.
Tropical Shipping was the next to offer clay and field supplies at a discount in an effort to help the league.
MYSC and MOF have greatly helped land the duty free supplies.
Darville customs brokerage took care of all the paperwork to keep me sanity.
Coach Marlon Bostwick and his heavy equipment were also a major factor.
And just like that, thanks to the “Colonel” and a few friends who lent a hand, the boys of Freedom Farm’s 10 U and 12 U Division have a new domain – “Colonel’s Choice” to pursue their dreams of major league.
Statistics show that youth sports are a huge deterrent to young men from engaging in criminal and / or gang related activity.
Considering some of the most recent tragic incidents in which our young people have lost their lives due to senseless acts of violence, this is a tremendous gift. Highly regarded by Freedom Farm, directors, coaches and players.