2017-05-17 / Sports

Commerce Cannons Baseball Organization stresses community building

BY DAVE WALCZYK
STAFF WRITER

The Cannons 9U team, led by coach Bruce Soderberg, demonstrated the spirit of giving back by Commerce Cannons Coach Bruce Soderberg (right) with Detroit PAL Director of Athletics Dewayne Jones. (Photo submitted.)Commerce Cannons Coach Bruce Soderberg (right) with Detroit PAL Director of Athletics Dewayne Jones. (Photo submitted.)organizing a fundraiser to benefit the Detroit Police Athletic League (PAL.) Detroit PAL is a nonprofit organization that positively impacts the lives of more than 12,000 children each year. PAL works to create safe and supportive places for kids to play.

Soderberg’s 9U team is part of the Commerce Cannons travel baseball organization based out of the Commerce and its surrounding areas. In March, the Cannons had a bottle drive and collected new and gently used sports equipment to donate to PAL. All proceeds from the bottle drive were used to purchase additional sports equipment that was donated to PAL as well.

Dewayne Jones, director of athletics for PAL, was touched by the Cannons’ donation and effort to bring the communities together. “We are very thankful for the very kind donation of baseball equipment. As we begin organizing for our Diamond Sports season, the items are very much needed and will be greatly appreciated by approximately 1,500 boys and girls in Detroit.”

The Commerce Cannons organization, like PAL, is dedicated to contributing to the growth and development players, both on and off the field. Cannons’ founder David Fiedor had this to say: “Giving back to our community is of great importance to our organization. It is part of the fabric of our group of coaches. Our vision is to not only to coach and train our players to be better ballplayers, but also to guide them to be good citizens in our community which aligns with PAL. We intend to partner with PAL or organizations like PAL in the future.”

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