By Jay Harnett - Intercounty Reporter
The on-field performance of the 2007 Oshawa Dodgers has not been
particularly memorable to this point in the season with the team currently in
seventh place in the standings. They boast one of the youngest teams in the
league, and have struggled with consistency the entire season, particularly in
closing out games. The team has also played a lot of road games to this point
in the season, which has not made it any easier for this young team during
the early going of the season. Notwithstanding, these possible scapegoats are
not excuses that the team's general manager wants to be used.
"I'm making no excuses for our team's record," said general manager, Mike
Prosper. "Simply put, we need to be better in all aspects of the game."
That being said, though the Dodgers' persistence in assisting and improving
their community relations off of the field is as consistent as ever.
In the modern business world where little else matters than the bottom line, it
has become harder and harder to find organizations that care about anything
else. It's even harder to find an organization that cares as much about its
employees, volunteers, and community as it does about the organization
itself. Fortunately for those people that live in the Oshawa area, that's exactly
the kind of organization they have in the Oshawa Dodgers.
This season saw the Dodgers enter into a partnership with Community
Living Oshawa-Clarington, an organization that provides support to people
with intellectual disabilities as well as their families. As part of the
partnership, the team held a "Community Living Day" on June 16th in order
to help create visibility for the cause.
Similarly, the team is also very active in the community with regards to its
support of Oshawa Minor Baseball. The Dodgers regularly organize free skill
development clinics for their young fans, and have their players take part in
minor baseball fund-raising events within the community. Additionally, the
team will be holding Oshawa Minor Baseball Day during a home game later
Prosper also spoke about the team's involvement in the community.
"These players are role models to a lot of these young fans and it is important
that we as a team embrace that role and use it in a positive manner any way
that we can," said Prosper.
This selfless mentality of the Dodgers ownership and the willingness of the
entire organization to help out in the community is a refreshing story to hear,
especially during a time when many people of more prominent positions in
sport are too consumed with their own greed to utilize their strong personal
influence to support a good cause. However, the positive gestures of this
classy organization do not only effect their own community.
The Dodgers, who are owned by team President Lori May and
Vice-President Kerri Drake, have installed a family-like atmosphere within the
organization, which has created a relationship built with the utmost respect
between team management and the players. As a result, it was to no one's
surprise when two members of the organization's inner circle were
diagnosed with medical conditions, the team's ownership stepped to the
forefront to help support a good cause.
Following this previous off season, in which a team volunteer became
diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, the team went out of their way to hold a
"Cystic Fibrosis Day" at their May 26 home game in order to help raise
awareness and gather donations to help combat the disease.
Likewise, when Dodger pitcher, Matt Tosoni, was diagnosed with ulcerative
colitis and was forced to miss the entire 2005 season due to the disease,
returned to the ball club in 2006, the team immediately began working with
the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC). Last season, the team
held its inaugural "Crohn's and Colitis Day" in honour of Tosoni, and donated
all of the 2006 proceeds to the CCFC. To further demonstrate the team's
commitment to fighting the disease, they just hosted the second annual
"Crohn's and Colitis Day" on June 23 at Kinsman Stadium, and once again
donated all of the proceeds to the CCFC.
These tremendously honourable actions put forth by the Dodgers
organization not only represent what a class-act the franchise is from top to
bottom, but should be used as inspiration to all of us, in our attempts to make
society a better place to live in.
|Oshawa Dodgers: A First Class Organization