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Dear SBL Families,

I hope that everyone had a great and memorable season!

I'll start off by giving you a little background on me.  I didn't grow up in the South Bay so I didn't get to experience Sansei Baseball.  I got involved when a Board member said there was a need to create a website.  Once on the Board, I really got to see how special SBL was. Now as President, I'm focusing on creating and building our community.  This includes players, parents, and local businesses. 
Because of field costs, we implemented for the first time a sponsorship program that reaches out to our local businesses.  In its first year, we were able to raise $3000 thanks to the generosity of our sponsors.  My goal is to build this program up so that we can use these funds to increase our scholarship fund.  We are trying to keep this League affordable to all and instead of consistently taxing our families, we reached out to businesses in hopes of building relationships that are mutually beneficial.  I encourage all of you to please take a look at our sponsors and support them if you can.
Looking forward, I would like to increase opportunities for teams to continue their bonding over the summer.  More specifically, offering opportunities for our players that have aged out to earn volunteer hours.  Some program ideas are baseball/softball clinics, umpire training, coaches training, and leadership training.  If this is something that you would be interested in developing, please reach out to me through the contact page of the website.
For next season, I'm asking for everyone's help in spreading the word about our League during the summer and fall. I know of no other League that makes so many accommodations for teams to play this game.  SBL has many positive qualities but the quality I hear the most is friendship. I'm sure each of you have stories or can relate to seeing your kids grow not only as team mates, but as friends.  During the scholarship interviews, we asked our applicants what was the most memorable thing about our League. The common answer was that each had maintained their friendships even after they have aged out of the League. I'm sure those of you that played Sansei can also agree. Because SBL lets teams stick together, these relationships can happen. This tradition is truly unique to our League.
If you know of anyone that may be interested in SBL, please point them to our website.  The enewsletter will continue to go out every month keeping you informed of any events or information about the League and what we're up to.  If you haven't signed up for it, please do so.
In closing, thank you to everyone for making this first year as President a memorable one. Your support and kind words have made my efforts worthwhile.
Have a safe and fun summer.  More announcements to follow regarding summer and fall activities.
Ken Ito
Sansei Baseball League

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