Madang softball gets K20,000 backing


USINO-Bundi MP Jimmy Uguro, pictured, donated K20,000 to the Madang Softball Association on Monday.
Madang Softball Association president Semmie Bart thanked Uguro for his kind gesture saying the money would be used to upgrade their field and diamond as well as buying uniforms and silverware for their finals.
“Part of the money will be used to carry out maintenance on the field and buying of uniform along with trophies for our finals,” Bart said. Bart said it was good to see several players from Uguro’s electorate taking part in the town’s softball competition.
Uguro said he was pleased to help the association grow. He said with sports associations struggling to get enough support from the business community he felt obliged to do his part as one of the province’s leaders. Uguro said the support given to the Madang Softball Association would benefit the people of Usino Bundi once the game was introduced into their electorate.
“My vision is to bring softball into Usino-Bundi. Softball is not played in my electorate so my involvement with Madang softball is basically to know how the games are organised so my officials can help introduce softball into Usino-Bundi.”
Uguro added that the donation was not only aimed at improving softball in Madang but also to help young men and women engage themselves in sport.
The association renamed the women’s trophy the ‘Jimmy Uguro Cup’. Bart said last year the Madang Governer Peter Yama gave K10,000 to the men’s competition with the trophy bearing his name.
Uguro said that a contractor had been engaged to upgrade the town’s sports facilities at a cost of K2.2 million.
“There will be facilities for rugby and soccer and now we’re planning to build one for softball too.”

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