Head to any Moose Jaw Co-op gas bar on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to grab a burger and help out a local baseball team.
The Moose Jaw Major AAA All Stars Little League team, coached by Troy Turner, play their provincial championship series against Regina beginning on Friday. It is a best-of-three series with the winner representing the prairies at the Canadian National Little League Championship in Calgary from Aug. 4 to 13. The winner of the national championship will represent Canada at the Little League World Series.
The Moose Jaw Major AAA All Stars are made up of boys ages 11 and 12.
Michaela Turner, Marketing and Community Relations Manager for Moose Jaw Co-op, said they were happy to lend a helping hand.
“We invite the community to come out and grab a burger and a drink for $5. Some of the players are going to be on-site at every location,” she said.
“The parents are working their barbecue. And yeah, you can come by to talk to them about how the season is going and they're all pretty excited and pretty dedicated young men on the team and it is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience for them so the Co-op is just happy to help support where we can.”
If the All Stars make it to the national championship, they are guaranteed six games and all games will be televised on CBC.
“With that is a lot of costs and expenses for obviously the tournament fees and all of that is very expensive, let alone the costs of travel. A lot of these parents have dedicated a lot of time and money to let these kids have this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity because it is a huge experience for them,” Michaela Turner said.
This is the first Little League provincial championship, post-pandemic, since 2019 when the Moose Jaw Little League team took the title and played for the national title.
You can keep up to date on the All Stars’ progress by following their Facebook page.