Play Ball!

A $4,250 grant was awarded to Seward Little League to help purchase uniforms, bats, and a new practice mound to support their thriving league. Since its founding, Seward has had a strong affinity for baseball both in the adult and youth leagues. SCF is proud to highlight the good works of the many volunteers of the Seward Little League and their continued contribution to Seward youth.

SCF recently talked with Chris Thompson, President of the Seward Little League. Currently, the league comprises boys and girls aged four to thirteen years old. In recent years, the program has seen increased interest and growth that Chris credits to former president Drew Barlow. Last year, the league involved a record 113 players. Thompson says, “One of the great things about this sport is that it is inclusive with boys and girls participating.” Critical to the program’s success are the volunteers that make up the program’s backbone. In addition to coaching the teams, volunteers fill in as referees, field maintenance, base coaches, concession operators, scorekeepers, and many other critical roles; without volunteers, there wouldn’t be a little league.

Last summer, twelve players in the Intermediate League (11-13 year olds) surprised everyone by fighting their way through the ranks during the State All-Stars competition. The team found themselves in the championship game but lost it in a nail-biter to an Anchorage team. There are hopes to expand youth baseball opportunities by adding a Seniors League for players up to sixteen years old. To learn more about Seward Little League or to check out volunteer opportunities, call Chris Thompson at (907) 202-3239 or email

This grant was funded by the Seward Community Foundation Fund.