FEATURED SPEAKERS – JANUARY 10

Boundary County Little League Baseball

Jeff & Renae Bennett

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Jeff and Renae Bennett are transplanted Californians that have found their permanent home here in Boundary County.  They have a passion for Little League Baseball (LLB) having been involved in all aspects of the sport for over 20 years.  Rotary donated the start up money allowing the Bennetts to begin the process of establishing LLB at the old Bonners Ferry mill site.  Little League Baseball involves kids from age 5 to 18 years.        

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The only question they were asked when they approached the owner regarding using the two buildings at the site was, “Do you have insurance?”  They are using both buildings concentrating on the small building first.  The large building is partially used for conditioning and eventually a full infield with proper grooming.  Because of the covered and dry facilities, LLB will now be able to begin their practices much earlier than previously.  Other communities, like Coeur d’Alene, could begin practice in January, giving them a distinct advantage over Boundary County.      

Their short-term goals are to have two teams, a junior team of 13-14 year olds and a senior team of kids from 15-18 years.                                                                                              

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They are looking for sponsors and are encouraged by the very positive feedback they have received so far.  Long term, the Bennetts envision a sports complex for not only LLB, but for other sports as well.

The Bennetts have a strong relationship with the BC High School Baseball Team and their coach, Tom Turpin.  The school has temporarily donated a batting cage and is performing clinics for LLB. The high school kids are mentors to the little league while the little leaguers look up to the high school baseball players serving as role models. 

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