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Play Ball! Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters vs Boys & Girls Club

12 June 2015  

The first pitch resulted in a home run; much like the partnership between the Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters organization and the Boys and Girls Club of Central Arizona.

Tonight both groups came together for a friendly game of softball, the first annual event to bring greater awareness of the needs of our vulnerable community children.  The event was sponsored personally by Joe Baynes, Director of Prescott Parks & Rec and chair of the Boys and Girls Club board.

YBBBS little brother Steven batted first, reminding everyone the YBBBS always leads with the mission.  Kathleen Murphy, retiring CEO of YBBBS, shared "we are here with the two best youth serving organizations in Yavapai county."  Murphy, who is retiring after 39 years, walked on her first up to bat.  "We're just having fun, sharing camaraderie."

Joe Baynes also captained the Boys and Girls Club team.  "I think this is a great event; anytime we can get two organizations that serve youth in the Tri-city area together and have fun, is very good," Baynes said.  Baynes recruited staff, board members and volunteers to make up his motley crew.

Michael Smith, the recruitment coordinator of YBBBS and baseball enthusiast, captained the YBBBS team. "We are here to collaborate with the other big organization that supports kids here in town; we even have one of our littles on our team."

"We hope to do even more events together," Smith continued.  "We want to directly impact the community-feeding the hungry, working with the elderly-there's so much good we can do."

Kristen Kerns, development coordinator for the Boys and Girls Club reiterated the theme of the night:  collaboration and community.  "It's great anytime two organisations can come together for the common good-our kids."

"I'm honoured that Great Circle Media and Magic 99.1 is a huge community sponsor of both organisations," Marketing Manager Patrick Gallagher said.  Eric Costanios of Great Circle MC'd the event.  The night ended with a score of 19-9 in favor of the Boys and Girls Club, and smiles on every face.

Katie Cornelius

Katie labels herself a Solutions Engineer; she is the creative powerhouse dedicated to supporting and growing small businesses in the Prescott area.  She spent the past twelve years working in sales training and business coaching, specializing in mom & pop shops.  Currently Katie is on a journey to get healthy after a severe concussion and some personal challenges.  Her corresponding blog, Fitness Quest, relates the quirky issues faced when following a  fitness program.  Finally, you can visit and coment on the Quest on Facebook.