By Alicia Dziak
If you’re looking for a unique event that embraces winter in WNY, look no further than the Snowshoe Softball Tournament that supports the Boys & Girls Club of Springville. This 13th annual event, which was originally scheduled to take place this weekend, has been rescheduled for Saturday, Feb. 11. The tournament starts at 9 a.m. and continues throughout the day at the Concord Community Park.
“As of right now, we have eight teams participating in this year’s event,” said Andy Bobseine, Club Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Springville. “The long-standing rivalry between Julie’s Pizzeria and Emerling Ford Dealerships continues for another year, but both are looking to dethrone last year’s champs, Cobham LLC.”
Other teams entered into the tournament include Springville Manufacturing Co. (Lead Sponsor), Certified Radon Systems/B&B Homes, CHBWV-Decommissioning Team, Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and M&M Holland Propane.
The goal of this event is to raise $8,000-10,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of Springville and the many programs it offers to the community.
“All money raised goes directly toward the purchase of supplies and equipment needed in order to continue providing our area youth with the highest quality programs,” explained Bobseine.
This past year, the Boys & Girls Club of Springville served over 500 area youth. The club provides nationally recognized programs for kids entering kindergarten through 9th grade every day year-round.
“As we continue to grow and expand our programs in order to meet the diverse needs of our area youth, we’ve been fortunate enough to gain the support needed from our community in order to continue what we do,” Bobseine noted. “When we first opened our Maple Avenue facility four years ago, our goal was to succeed in achieving a recognizable positive perception with parents, residents, organizations and most importantly, the area youth in our community. In accomplishing our goal, we have more than doubled our total youth served and we continue to find ways to reach more kids, especially those who need us most.”
On a typical day, the Boys & Girls Club of Springville will serve between 60 and 85 area youth at their three programming locations, on Maple Avenue and at both Springville and Colden Elementary Schools.
Bobseine added that, “We’re always looking for new board members that have a passion to give back to our community.”
In addition to the Snowshoe Softball Tournament, the Boys & Girls Club has an annual Golf Classic at Springville Country Club in June, a Kickball Tournament at Concord Community Park in July and a Bowl-A-Thon at Cascade Lanes in October.
Consider supporting this youth-focused organization by attending one of these events. It’s not too late to enter the snowshoe softball tournament. Interested teams should contact Bobseine at (716) 829-9785.
Even if you aren’t the snowshoe-softball type, you can show your support by cheering on your favorite team.
“We are always looking for spectators to come out and enjoy the fun-filled event!” Bobseine said.
Donations are also always gratefully accepted and can be sent to: Boys & Girls Club of Springville, P.O. Box 128, Springville, NY 14141.
For more info about the Boys & Girls Club of Springville, visit www.springvillebgc.org.