Vote to help the Suffolk Youth Athletic Association – The Suffolk News-Herald

Suffolk residents are being encouraged to vote for a local youth sports organization to get a refurbished pitch.

The Suffolk Youth Athletic Association is nominated in a competition to win a free renovation to the pitch of minor league baseball team Norfolk Tides. People are encouraged to tune in before voting closes at 4 p.m. Friday.

Each year, the Norfolk Tides hold a competition to renovate baseball and softball fields for local youth. Nominated fields are listed on the team‘s website for people to vote for their hometown field. The field with the most votes at the end receives a visit from the Tides field crew, who use their knowledge and experience to improve the playing surface and make improvements to existing structures in the ballpark.

The Suffolk Youth Athletic Association baseball fields are located at 501 King’s Fork Road. The association is managed by volunteers, which makes it a great opportunity for experienced professionals to come and take care of the field.

“It’s pretty cool,” said Stephanie Nystrom, whose sons play baseball with the Suffolk Youth Athletic Association. “It would be very exciting, especially for parents, coaches and volunteers. Everything is based on volunteering, so it’s a great opportunity.

Since the program began in 2012, Tides has renovated 15 local fields from Gloucester to Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Suffolk was one of two winners in the first year, winning a renovation at Bennett’s Creek Little League on Driver Lane.

As of March 16, Suffolk is in second place behind the Virginia Beach Little League with just 400 points. Being so close, Suffolk parents are encouraging people to go online and vote for Suffolk’s young athletes.

“Virginia Beach has a much larger population, but we’re only about 400 votes behind,” Nystrom said. “We still have a chance, so we hope to spread the word.”

Votes can be cast at tinyurl.com/VoteSYL.

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