Columbia Fireflies Announce Partnership with YMCA

Columbia , S.C. (WOLO) — In less than a month, it will be opening day for the Columbia Fireflies at Spirit Communications Park. On Monday, the organization announced a partnership with the YMCA.

The Columbia Fireflies presented the YMCA with a $15,000 check to help pay for midlands kids to play youth baseball who may otherwise not be able to afford it. YMCA officials say right now they have more than 600 kids who participate in their youth baseball program and they are hoping to expand it. Wendy Broderick, Chief Development Officer for the YMCA of Columbia, says the sponsorship will give the kids an exciting opportunity to work with positive influences in the sport of baseball.

“Together we are leveraging the excitement and passion around recreational and professional baseball programs to create a healthy outlet for children to gain new skills develop a sense of team and connect with positive role models,” said Broderick.
Spirit Communications Park construction is on-time for opening day according to team management. Executive Vice President Brad Shank says a majority of the inside of the stadium is complete and crews are finishing up the brick work and paving outside the stadium. Shank says the new stadium has a lot to offer for a city that has not had a local team in several years.
“I think people are going to be awe struck because if it’s their first time coming into the ballpark, coming into spirit communications park it just more than what people expect,” said Shank.
Opening Day for the Fireflies is April 14th. Individual tickets can be found at
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