Winnemucca Little League has been able to pull off several large projects
recently with the help of Humboldt General Hospital.
Earlier this year, Humboldt General Hospital donated $500 toward new score
boards that will be utilized by the Winnemucca Little League, Girls Fast
Pitch and Winnemucca Youth Football associations.
Additionally, the hospital recently donated $2,500 toward the Little League
11-12 All-Star Playoffs that took place in Winnemucca from Sunday, June
30 through Sunday, July 7.
According to local Little League chairman Jeff Dawson, the 11- and 12-year-old
playoffs brought nine teams to the community along with their families
and coaching staff.
The Elko All-Stars took home first-place honors with the Fernley High Desert
Little League 11-12-year-old All-Stars coming in a close second.
In all, the competition brought about 600 people to town for the week.
The local event is a district competition, with the winners of the All-Star
Playoffs moving to the state level and even the national or international
levels with the right winning streak.
Dawson said hosting the games here is "an honor and a unique opportunity."
It's also a lot of work, especially in terms of raising the $5,000
it takes to put on the playoffs, but donations from Humboldt General Hospital,
Barrick Mining Company, the Winnemucca Convention and Visitors Authority,
and others helped ensure the event's success.
For its donation, HGH was listed in the All-Star program and was recognized
during an announcement at opening ceremonies. The hospital was also listed
on Little League's Facebook, and HGH EMS Rescue crew members who were
on standby at the games were also introduced and honored. HGH was also
listed on all 3 Division All-Star t-shirts.
"We appreciate everything you have done for us and the generosity
that HGH has provided Little League," said local league secretary
Humboldt General Hospital CEO/Administrator Jim Parrish said it was a privilege
to help with both Little League projects.
"We are here to support the youth of this community," he said.
"We want to continue to encourage healthy behaviors and activities
that will help our youth remain safe and well."