Manitoba baseball tournament brings together kids from 15 First Nations

Around 100 kids from 15 different First Nations communities took part in the Beyond The Ballpark tournament. Mike Arsenault/ Global News

WINNIPEG – A baseball tournament held in Headingley has brought together 100 children from 15 First Nation communities in Manitoba, Ontario and British Columbia.

The two-day event focuses on baseball but includes a number of other play-based activities.

All the kids participating had to complete a seven-week program called Rookie League, offered by the Jays Care Foundation.

“You learn really great life skills on the baseball diamond, resiliency, tenacity, leadership, teamwork, and everyone can learn something from the game of baseball,” said Robert Witchell, executive director of Jays Care Foundation.

The second annual Beyond the Ballpark tournament is hosted by Right To Play, Jays Care Foundation, Kenora Chiefs Advisory and the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

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