Bahamas Ferries has become the latest sponsor of the Junior Baseball League of Nassau (JBLN) by providing the organisation of nearly 500 players with discounted travel to participate in national baseball and softball events.
The partnership commenced in January with Bahamas Ferries providing transportation for players, coaches and chaperones into Spanish Wells for a series of exhibition games. Since then, the inter-island ferry service has sponsored six trips and assisted more than 200 JBLN members and supporters with travel between Nassau and Spanish Wells.
According to Director of the JBLN Terran Rodgers, the assistance from Bahamas Ferries is significant to the development of baseball programmes throughout the country.
“Over the last five months, we’ve been playing exhibition games against the Spanish Wells and Eleuthera Junior Baseball League with a view of making it an annual project,” Mr Rodgers said.
“The idea is to use baseball as a means for domestic tourism and joining players who would not normally have the opportunity to compete against each other. If it were not for Bahamas Ferries, this project would not have come to fruition,” Mr Rodgers said. “So, we are just extremely happy that Bahamas Ferries saw the potential in this endeavour and has stepped up to assist in a huge way to make it happen.”
Bahamas Ferries has long held a commitment to giving back to the communities it serves and has made a tradition of doing so through various contributions to youth-oriented programmes and initiatives. Sales and Marketing Manager at Bahamas Ferries Darnell Frazer noted that the company is always striving to make a positive impact on young Bahamians and considers its collaboration with the JBLN a great way to reach hundreds of young men and women on a regular basis.
Mrs Frazer added that Bahamas Ferries was impressed with the baseball league’s achievements and wished to assist in advancing the programme’s reach.
“JBLN offers a dynamic programme that takes a holistic approach to youth development and this is something we wholeheartedly endorse,” Mrs Frazer said.
“The programme has been successful over the years in helping a number of players to receive scholarships abroad. Through the exposure that is provided by JBLN, we have seen many lives changed for the better and want to ensure the programme continues to thrive and positively affect the lives of young people in the country.”