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Town of Okotoks to host 2016 World Children's Baseball Fair

Okotoks will be hosting youth baseball players from approximately 15 countries worldwide in the summer of 2016. This is the first time that the World Children’s Baseball Fair will take place in Alberta.

The week-long event will feature 10 and 11 year-old baseball enthusiasts from every corner of the world, including Japan, the United States, Europe, Asia, and Canada. These players will participate in camps, clinics and games offered by the International Baseball Federation, as well as a wide range of activities. They're specially designed to promote different cultures from all over world to increase tolerance and understanding while participating in baseball.

John Ircandia, Managing Director of the Okotoks Dawgs, offered that the Dawgs organization whole-heartedly endorses Okotoks as the perfect Canadian location for this international showcase event and will be a big sponsor for the town. "The Dawgs have been 100 per cent supportive of the Okotoks bid and the World Children's Baseball Fair event. We congratulate Ben Asuchak and his outstanding committee for all their hard work and their extraordinary vision in bringing this opportunity to Okotoks."

Ircandia continued: "The Dawgs have committed to offer all of their resources to make this the best World Baseball Fair ever, and are the first sponsor to commit financially to the event. We encourage all of our business friends and partners in the community to get on board and generously participate in what will be a once in a lifetime international spectacle."

Ben Asuchak, one of the main leaders of Okotoks' bid for the World Children's Baseball Fair (WCBF), said they will be looking to get the community involved, as well as others outside of Okotoks, too. “With 15 countries typically being represented at the event there will be significant exposure of our appreciation for the game of baseball. It will be the mandate of our organizing committee to elicit the help from many community volunteers including baseball and non-baseball families," Asuchak said.

Asuchak added: "The community will extend beyond the town of Okotoks to include rural communities in the immediate area as well as communities throughout the province and even the country."

The Okotoks committee also hopes to get help from the Toronto Blue Jays, Milwaukee Brewers and Seattle Mariners for monetary reasons, as well as have some former players present at the camps.

Ircandia also noted that the evet will be a huge boost for the town of Okotoks and youth baseball in the country. "The WCBF will not only enhance the profile of Okotoks as baseball central in Canada, but with the facilities and incredible community support, it will put Okotoks firmly and positively on the international scene," Ircandia said.

Seaman Stadium, the Duvernay Field House and Tourmaline Field in Okotoks will be the centerpiece of all baseball activities during the WCBF events, and with a little luck in scheduling, the youth from all over the world will also get to watch the Okotoks Dawgs play.

About the World Children’s Baseball Fair (WCBF) – the WCBF Originated in 1990 under leadership of home run legends Henry Aaron, the MLB's undisputed all-time home run leader, and Sadaharu Oh, the all-time home run champion of the Japanese Professional League. These two global icons and goodwill ambassadors of the sport teamed with founding director Dr. Akiko Agishi to establish the WCBF, with the objective of promoting the sharing of cultures and perspectives while participating in the wonderful sport of baseball.

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