Get kids outdoors playing baseball!

Get kids outdoors playing baseball!

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Kim Gonzalez started this petition to Washington State Governor's Office

This petition is being created for our children - to allow them to be outdoors, safely playing the game of baseball, a game that brings them so much joy, with the people they dearly miss - their peers. We are committed to our children's emotional, mental and social wellbeing. With school now online, and most of their extracurricular activities canceled the last 6 months, we are declaring their opportunity to safely engage in outdoor sports an urgent matter before moving into the dark, cold days of winter. 

Currently, Washington State regulations say that youth baseball tournaments cannot be played in a county unless that county is in Phase 3. With bowling alleys, flea markets, hot yoga, and the Seattle Mariners all open for business, we say, "Let the kids play!" We are requesting of the State to host a youth baseball tournament, September 24-27, at the newly renovated, never used, Phil Johnson Ballfields in Everett, WA. FirstSwing has been hosting baseball tournaments for 15 years, and Coach Phil Rognier and Nick Peredes have created a game schedule, player drop-off, and safety/health protocols (including masks, spacing, plexiglass, sanitizer and more) that will have this tournament be safer than the kids playing in their own neighborhood.

For each of the four previously scheduled youth baseball tournaments hosted by the First Swing Foundation this summer, Coach Phil and Nick have brought their case to the Governor's office, and their requests to host a tournament with strong safety protocols have been denied and all four tournaments canceled. The September 24-27 "Fall Classic" tournament is our last hurrah for the kids! As a mother of three boys who need physical activity, competition and purpose like they need oxygen, I request you sign this petition in favor of Washington State and Snohomish County granting the FirstSwing Foundation the legal right to host the "Fall Classic" in service of our children.

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