Co-ops help bring America’s pastime to communities

More than 3,500 youth in 42 different Twins Territory communities participated in baseball and softball clinics for free this summer, courtesy of a partnership between the Minnesota Twins and Great River Energy.

Play Ball! Minnesota youth clinics have since 1961 promoted baseball and softball to boys and girls ages 6-13 throughout the Upper Midwest.

Twins clinic participants

Participants at the Play Ball! youth clinic hosted by Runestone Electric Association in Alexandria, Minn., take instruction from one of the coaches.

Knowledgeable coaches teach participants fundamentals including hitting, throwing and defense in a fun, safe and encouraging environment. All necessary equipment for the clinics is provided by the Twins Community Fund; participants are only asked to bring their own gloves.

The clinics traveled throughout Twins Territory, which overlaps with the service areas of Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives, from April to August. They were offered around parts of North Dakota and the Twin Cities, including suburbs like Richfield and Golden Valley, as well as smaller towns such as Nisswa and Elko New Market.

Great River Energy takes pride in its role of providing these free, family-friendly opportunities to residents in communities served by its member-owner cooperatives, six of which hosted clinics: Dakota Electric Association (Farmington), Runestone Electric Association (Alexandria), Cooperative Light & Power (Two Harbors), Brown County Rural Electric Association (Sleepy Eye), Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative (Staples) and McLeod Cooperative Power Association (Arlington).

“As a cooperative, we support the sustainable development of the communities we serve and the residents who live there,” said Andrea Pendergast, communications specialist at Great River Energy. “We also seek sponsorship opportunities that reflect our values, and the youth clinics do just that by bringing communities together.”

Sponsorships like this one are part of Great River Gives, a program that unifies Great River Energy’s community involvement efforts in Minnesota and North Dakota.